Madrid fishes in France

The club sets its sights on the young French talents who excel in Ligue1 and in the rest of the European championships: their technique and physique, attractive.

The interest in Moussa Diaby (21 years old) has only accelerated Madrid's roadmap in his idea of rejuvenating the Madrid squad in the next transfer windows and everything points to a markedly French market. The presence of Zidane on the bench of the Concha Espina team is more than an incentive for the young French players, who combine technical qualities and above all, some privileged physiques for the football that is beginning to be seen, especially on the European continent . The French quarries are nurturing the main leagues of the Old Continent and emerging figures are appearing that Madrid and its scouting service do not take their eyes off.

Without going any further, the main objective of the whites is Kylian Mbappé. The PSG striker has already been written (and will continue to do so) of his move to the Madrid team. Many of the white hopes for this next decade pass through the figure of Bondy's attacker. The Frenchman, who was already able to join the white team in 2017, after shining stratosphericly in the ranks of Monaco, has not just confirmed his continuity with the Parisian team, which invites us to think about an upcoming departure from the capital team French and a possible arrival to the white team.

The first to take the step was Raphaël Varane. The Madrid central defender came to the Whites from Lens in the summer of 2011. At that time, Zidane was a presidential advisor: he had strongly recommended the signing of Hazard (something that was not done then), and that of Varane, an unknown young defender for the general public. The defender arrived then and continues to be one of the great props of the white squad (he is the fourth captain). In the same way, Ferland Mendy arrived in the summer of 2019. Madrid needed a left back as Zidane, already a coach, did not trust Sergio Reguilón. Mendy arrived after paying 48 million euros (plus another five in variables) and has settled on the left flank to such an extent that a classic like Marcelo has not been able to do more than replace him in certain matches.

On loan came Alphonse Areola, a goalkeeper who currently appears in the ranks of English Fulham, but who played in white the 2019-2020 campaign in which the Whites won the League and the Spanish Super Cup. His good start, with key stops, such as against Bruges in the Champions League when the score was unfavorable to the whites, invited us to think about his continuity, but a resounding performance in the Cup against Real Sociedad (the San Sebastian won 3-4 and eliminated the whites) made him rethink his future as white. Finally, he did not continue in Madrid and signed for the London team.

But apart from Varane and Mendy, other French players have been tried to sign by the whites. One of those that has sounded the most during all the summer preseason is that of midfielder Paul Pogba. Since Zidane was appointed coach of the white team in January 2016, in all the transfer windows his name has sounded as a possible white reinforcement. Other players like N'Golo Kanté and Tanguy Ndombélé have also sounded like possible alternatives to strengthen the white squad.

Another of those who has many ballots to land in the white team is the young Eduardo Camavinga. The young Rennes player has all the conditions to be a good complement for Casemiro, or to act as an interior. Contacts between the Whites, the French team and the player's environment and agent are frequent: his potential, talent, technique, age (19 years), projection and future make him a clear objective to strengthen tomorrow's midfield. Madridista. Other French pearls that have sounded like possible white signings are Houssem Aouar and Rayan Cherki. The two play for Olympique de Lyon and are sought after by the greats of Europe… and both have been pointed out by Zidane as elements to be observed continuously with a view to reinforcing the Madrid game.

One who was marked in red but will finally land in the ranks of Bayern Munich is Dayot Upamecano. The Red Bull Leipzig center-back was one of the potential signings to reinforce the Madrid defense. His experience, for his age (22 years), made him one of the candidates, but the refusal of the German team to lower his termination clause (45 million) and the irruption of the Bavarian team made the Madrid team withdraw of the negotiation. Other defenders such as Dan-Axel Zagadou (21 years old, Borussia Dortmund defender) and Benoit Badiashile (20 years old, Monaco) have also sounded like possible signings for the Whites. The first is a very powerful and explosive defender, similar to Pepe: forceful, with goal, with technique. The second, for its part, is very solvent in a line of three plants.

What is clear is that Madrid is closely watching the future of young French promises. The idea is to fish for talent for the near future.

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