In a recent report, Fichajes mentioned that Real Madrid are locked in a three-way battle for Boca Juniors defender Valentin Barco. It is believed that Los Blancos could face competition in the form of AC Milan and Chelsea in the race to land the Argentine youngster.
Barco’s Rapid Rise In Argentine Football
Barco has enjoyed a decent rise at the Argentine club as he has proved himself to be an important member of their senior team. The 19-year-old has already made 26 senior appearances for Boca Juniors thus far, netting one goal and picking up three assists on all fronts.
The talented teenager has caught the eye at times on the left flank by averaging 1.7 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 0.6 shots, 0.5 key passes and 2.3 dribbles per 90 minutes in Liga Profesional. He has even been tidy when distributing possession after completing 82% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).
His current contract at Boca Juniors will run out at the end of next year. Hence, Los Blancos could potentially arrange a cut-price move for him next year.
Real Madrid Are Locked In A Three-Way Battle For Barco: Is He A Prospect For The Future?
Barco is a good tackler of the ball and can make a few timely interceptions for his team when he is playing with confidence on the pitch. He can shoot the ball with venom from long range and has got the eye to play a few decisive passes in the opponent’s half.
The Argentine left-back is a decent dribbler with the ball as well but needs to find a way to be more consistent on the field. At 19, he has the potential to become a future star in European football.
Therefore, signing Barco would be a great acquisition for Los Blancos in the long run. He is already good enough to challenge for a regular spot in Carlo Ancelotti’s first XI and could help Real Madrid compete across all competitions over the next decade.
There is no doubt that Barco is a prospect to watch out for in the future. Thus, the Madrid giants should focus on getting a deal done for him this winter or at the end of this season.