Real Madrid 2021: Camavinga, Upamecano, Mbappé...
With the transfer market in crisis, Real Madrid have managed to maintain their strategy for the future. Camavinga, Upamecano and Mbappé are lined up for next year.
The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic has deeply affected the transfer market and Real Madrid have put on hold any plans they had for 2020 until 2021. Circumstances are actually in their favour. Curiously, the crisis has allowed the core of transfer targets Madrid had in mind for this year to remain accessible in the not too distant future. Madrid hope to bring in a central defender, a midfielder and a star forward. Upamecano extended his contract by just one year with Red Bull Leipzig so that he will be available next summer, Camavinga has delayed his expected departure from Rennes until 2021 and the jewel in the crown, Mbappé could be the third player to arrive next year...
For Real Madrid, 2020 will be about restructuring the team (Martin Ødegaard has been brought back, the club hopes to raises funds by selling players and lower the wage bill by finding new clubs for high earners like James) and Mbappé is one of the few players in the game at the moment who is capable of delivering out on the pitch and generating revenue for his club. That, along with the advances being made with the new stadium, means that the timing will be just right in 2021 for a new Madrid - one which has been redesigned to function out on the pitch as a well as commercially.
Camavinga and Upamecano
France continues to produce emerging talents and that is great news for Zidane, who is well informed about all of the young stars who are making a name for themselves in his homeland. A few months ago, he set his sights on Eduardo Camavinga and Dayot Upamecano - two players who have already been noticed by France coach Didier Deschamps. Both of them fulfill all of the requirements which Zidane considers to be basic. With Upa, an admirer of Sergio Ramos since childhood, he would be perfect for the role of third central defender and offer direct competition for Militao. Camavinga's case is more urgent because PSG and Bayern have both started to circle; for Madrid, he is seen as an alternative to Casemiro - a role which no member of the current squad (Kroos, Valverde, Isco, Modric...) have been able to fill with any consistency.
For 2022, the name at the top of Madrid's wish list is Erling Haaland. But before that, the club has to compete the first stage of their redesign with Real Madrid 2021.
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