Troubles behind the lines: five center backs for Real

25 January 2018

The defending winner of the Champions League experiences serious problems with its squad. The Meringues regularly receive injuries and Zinedine Zidane can't rotate his starting line-up as he did last season. Due to Vallejo’s trauma and problems with a knee of Varane, the Royal club is looking for the inexpensive central back who isn't too overloaded in Euro cups and will be able to take part in this tournament in spring. Gambling&Sports portal has chosen for Madrilenians the proper candidates.

Troubles behind the lines: five center backs for Real

Juan Cala

Of course, when in winter the grandee needs the player it by all means will pay attention to football players from the national championship and in this regard, the candidate of the full back from Getafe occurs at once. The team from the suburb of Madrid this season can be proud of reliable defense and its stronghold is Juan Cala who was once loaned from Anzhi but because of family problems he hasn’t managed to play for Dagestanis. He is the pupil of Andalusian football and after his transfer to a camp of the Blues he has seriously improved his skills and for three years steadily keeps high level. This season he is nearly the best full back of the clubs from the second division. The 28 years old Spaniard is in the prime of life and is ready to try the club which is more ambitious than Getafe. Juan won't need a lot of time for adaptation, he even shouldn't move and having got such a chance he will be glad to any role in Real. The only disadvantage of this candidate is the lack of any Euro cup experience but for the sake of justice it is worth noticing that Vallejo doesn't have it either.

Juan Cala

Martin Škrtel

Fenerbahçe has disgracefully finished its performances in the Europa League, having lost to Macedonian Vardar. Meanwhile, the squad of the Turkish club has a football player with solid Euro cup experience. Martin Škrtel is 33 years old, he isn't as fast as he was earlier but his dedication, his ability to fight and a fine head-work still are the amazing qualities of this football player. Besides, all full backs in the squad of Real are extremely dangerous in rivals’ penalty area and Skrtel has somehow scored even 7 goals during this season. It seemed that the best football player of Liverpool 2011/12 has gone to finish quietly his game on the coast of Bosporus but the Slovak with pleasure will respond to the offer if he will be asked. It isn't necessary to pay for Skrtel much, and, most likely, Fenerbahçe will agree to give it as loaner for 6 months. We doubt that Real will hardly demand something bigger from the skilled football player. To tell the truth the champion of Spain didn't manage to replace Pepe and the invitation of the full back who is very similar to him will become a quite good solution in this situation.

Martin Škrtel

Matija Nastasić

The former player of Partizan has managed to play in Italy, to become the champion of England while playing for Manchester City and to stay in Schalke and he is only 24 years old. And he is young for the stopper. Once the Serbian was nearly the most promising player of the world and attracted attention of grandees including Real. And now he isn’t any more that golden boy of the Yugoslavian football but still we can’t doubt his qualification. By his characteristics he is similar to Varane and in some extent he is even better than the talented but not too disciplined and susceptible to injuries Frenchman. The transfer to big club can help Matija to achieve the level which was predicted to him at the beginning of his career and Los Galácticos will receive young but already very skilled football player. In summer Inter, Roma and Zenit negotiated on the subject of loan but the team hadn't accepted any offers. It will be much more difficult to refuse to Real and the probability of the transfer is very high.

German Pezzella

German Pezzella

The Argentina full back from Betis is playing for Fiorentina as a loaner and he is doing so well that the team will surely pay 10 million for signing the contract in summer. But there can be a situation when Fiorentina will pay the required sum in winter and he will be at once sold to Real. This tall and strong full back is perfectly familiar with the realities of the Spanish football and having learnt tactical knowledge, he has considerably gained experience. German was called to the national team and debuted against Russia in Luzhniki. In Fiorentina, as well as a year ago in Betis, he was playing practically without substitutions and easily coped with the heaviest schedule of Madrilenians. The only problem is that Pezzella has got used to act at the scheme with three central backs and has no experience of a game in Euro cups but he has proved that he is able to adapt in the shortest possible time to new conditions and his technical equipment and accurate first pass correspond to the level of the player from the great club.

Shkodran Mustafi

Shkodran Mustafi

Real is looking for the rather inexpensive full back whereas it will be necessary to pay very solid sum money for Shkodran but this option seems to be attractive because Mustafi isn't included into the bid of Arsenal for the Europa League and can theoretically help Real to stop Neymar and the company. The world champion has an experience of playing in Spain for Valencia and this means that no problems would arise. The German has made some mistakes, of course, and they have waited from him more in London but besides Škriniar for whom not less than one hundred millions will be asked, there is no full back stronger than him who could be included into the Champions League. Arsenal has ruined Shkodran's transfer to Inter in summer, having requested €35 million and having refused to loan him to nerazzurri and if Real wants to take him it will pay a lot of money. At the same time, Mustafi is the real fighting unit and can help team not only in this season but also in future. He will become the real challenger to Nacho and Varane but not just to substitute them in case of need.

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