Real Madrid Ready To Vie With Manchester United For Portuguese Ace: Right Man For Zidane?

According to The Guardian, Real Madrid are willing to beef up their attack next summer with the inclusion of Joao Felix from Benfica. The Portuguese forward has been one of the most talked about names in the recently concluded season and played a pivotal role in their 37th Primeira Liga victory. 

Real Madrid’s attacking woes

It was a season to forget for the Galacticos as they were unable to win any silverware. Moreover, they lost their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus last summer and has successfully led the Bianconeri to another Scudetto this season. His departure had left a significant void in the side, and none of the existing players has been able to fill it so far. 

The likes of Gareth Bale, Brahim Diaz, Mariano Diaz, Isco, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez have looked far from their best throughout the 2018/19 season, leading to absolute embarrassment for their side in both the domestic as well as the European competitions. Los Blancos got beaten at the hands of Ajax in the quarter-final stage of the Champions League while their arch-rivals Barcelona held onto their La Liga title, forcing the Galacticos to finish the season empty-handed. 

Karim Benzema being the only consistent performer for the 13 times Champions League winners in the last season, Real Madrid might look to make major changes in their side. Speculations are rife that they have their eyes on Joao Felix and are ready to vie against Manchester United for the prized Portuguese forward.

Where can he fit in?

Known for his electrifying pace and classy footwork, the 19-year-old has been one of the best young players in the current European football scenario and can be a problem solver for Zinedine Zidane if Real Madrid can land him in the summer transfer window. Felix scored 20 goals last season in all competitions and also dished out 11 assists to show his credibility as a team player.

The 33 times La Liga winners managed to finish the season on the third spot and somehow qualified for the Champions League next season. However, they need match winners who dish out decent performances consistently. Felix can be the perfect addition to the side.

Conclusion

The return of Zidane as the manager of the Galacticos seemed to have no effect whatsoever on their performance last season. Next season is going to be a do or die situation for Los Blancos as they might have to face a serious struggle to establish themselves as one of the prime forces in the European and domestic competitions. Joao Felix’s scoring abilities paired with his mesmerising skills on the ball might come handy for the Galacticos if they can land him this summer.

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Abhishek Majumdar

Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

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