Real Madrid’s rumored CB transfer targets for 4 after Alaba injury
Real Madrid’s centre-back position was already in trouble at the start of the 2023/24 season after world-class player Éder Militão tore his ACL, but last weekend, when Real Madrid’s second-best centre-back As he collapsed, things got worse.
As initially feared, David Alaba suffered a torn ACL, leaving Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger as the Merengues’ only real options at the back.
Aurélien Tchouaméni is a defensive midfielder whose performance in this position has been well-received, but it is not the solution in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Real Madrid fans are concerned that the club may resort to financial options, but they should opt for the top players on the market. Here’s how a recent report from Diario AS ranked four names linked to the club.
4. William Pacho
22-year-old centre-back Willem Pacho recently joined Eintracht Frankfurt from Royal Antwerp in the Belgian top flight. Pacho is one of the most talented young centre-backs in European football and a real gem – another great discovery for Eintracht Frankfurt.
Pacho has had a fantastic start to life in the Bundesliga, averaging 2.5 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per game. He is a tenacious and dynamic defender who could immediately become part of Real Madrid’s rotation.
The problem is that Pacho has no top-level experience and is not an upgrade from Rudiger or Nacho. Since he recently joined Eintracht Frankfurt, he may not be a very valuable signing either. The Eagles want to cash in on him later.
3. Gonzalo Inacio
Gonzalo Inácio is one of the hottest topics in the transfer market. The Sporting CP centre-back is considered a dream option for many major clubs in European football, with even central defender Arsenal showing interest in the young defender.
Real Madrid have been linked with Inacio over the past few months as he has the potential to be special and become the next world-class centre-back to be developed by Sporting Lisbon.
Los Merengues have enjoyed past success at centre-back in Portugal’s top flight, with Éder Militão being Porto’s secret superstar at Champions League level before moving to Madrid for €50m .
Inacio will be worth 60 million euros more than this, which will damage his position in Real Madrid’s center back selection rankings. Despite this, he is still a good player and would suit Madrid’s interest.
2. Antonio Silva
In Portugal’s top flight, Benfica’s young center back Antonio Silva might be a better option for Real Madrid or another elite European club. Gonçalo Inácio is great and has more hype, but from a statistical standpoint, Silva is probably superior.
Silva’s statistics this season are impressive. The 20-year-old defensive star has a passing success rate of 93.1% and shows world-class comfort with the ball at his feet, something Real Madrid’s defense has lacked this season.
He averages 2.6 tackles per game while allowing just 0.2 carries per game, an excellent ratio that rivals any of the best centre-backs in European football currently.
If Real Madrid are looking to bring in a young centre-back whose value could far exceed the initial investment – as was the case with Militao in 2019 – then Silva is the man to do it.
1. Giorgio Scalvini
Finally, we come to Atlanta native Giorgio Scalvini. The Serie A sensation immediately established himself as one of the best centre-backs in the Italian top flight, which always prides itself on developing talent at the centre-back position.
Scalvini is probably the best centre-back on the transfer market, combining his age and performance at La Dea, although Lille’s Lenny Yoro is on the verge of his breakout season in an elite defense in 2023/24. There may also be something to say.
In Atalanta’s free-flowing attack, Scalvini faces pressure that will help him adapt to Real Madrid.
To be honest, in the season and a half since becoming the main player of the Ladd team, Scalvini has surpassed all Real Madrid central defenders except Militao himself.
Scalvini does not come cheap and due to his importance to Atalanta, a top team in Serie A, he may not be available. But he’s so good now and so talented for the future that Real Madrid have to at least try for him.