Another Midfield Carousel
It seems like this is an evergreen topic when discussing the transfer market in Real Madrid. Kind of like a bad penny, only it’s really expensive and not that bad. The fact is that Real Madrid still have a ways to go in order to fully update their team and bring it into the 2019-2020 season. They still need to make necessary adjustments to their team in order to ensure that they remain competitive with the best in Europe. That starts with the proverbial “engine room.”
Now, as far as the domestic league goes, they’re doing just fine. They’re at the top of the table as of my writing this, but they’ve been abysmal in Champions League competition. They’re currently bottom of their group with a sole point to show from two matches. Yes, the goalkeeper position is a major issue (I’ll write something scathing about Thibaut Courtois later), but the fact is that the midfield has to be blamed for the Merengues’ shortcomings. While still a world-class duo, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are beginning to show their age and they need to be rotated out. What’s more is that Modric is actually out of a contract at the end of the season, so he’ll need to move on in January in order for Real Madrid to recoup any value for him.
That’s where Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen steps in. Among the world’s best midfielders, Eriksen is also in the final year of his contract, so he can begin to negotiate with prospective teams in January. However, Real Madrid want to buy him and sign him to a new deal to prevent him from falling into anyone else’s hands. Unfortunately, this is the source of a small disagreement between team president Florentino Perez and manager Zinedine Zidane.
You see, Zidane desperately wants Manchester United’s Paul Pogba as his new midfielder, even more than Eriksen, while Perez loves Eriksen. There’s obviously a disagreement there, but what if they could acquire both players?
I say buy Christian Eriksen in January at an affordable price. Since his contract is running out and this is the last transfer window to recoup value, Tottenham will likely sell for under market value. Then, in the summer, package Toni Kroos in a deal to buy Paul Pogba and voila! Both Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane are satisfied.
Not only would this be great business, since they’d save a bunch of money by getting Eriksen at a cut-rate price and packaging Kroos into the Pogba deal, but it would make the Real Madrid midfield younger and more dynamic, which is exactly what they need to compete.