Real Madrid: Time to take 20-goal attacking midfielder off transfer target list?

Real Madrid showed interest in Sporting Lisbon attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes over the summer, but it looks like that ship may have sailed.

If there’s one position Real Madrid have an abundance of options at, then it’s in the attacking midfield. Toni Kroos and Luka Modric have been moved up the pitch by Zinedine Zidane to devastating effect, as Kroos has been one of Europe’s best midfielders this campaign while Modric’s performance against Real Sociedad solidified his return to form.

Madrid have also received great performances from Isco recently, as the Spanish international played a key role in Los Blancos’ recent Champions League tie against PSG. When James Rodriguez returns from his injury, that will give Zidane four legitimately world-class options at the position. And he can add a fifth to the list once Marco Asensio recovers.

So Real’s need for an attacking midfielder has already waned. They had interest in Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes this past summer, as well as Ajax’s Donny van de Beek, but it looks like a defensive midfielder as backup to Casemiro is a bigger priority.

Now that Fernandes has officially signed an extension with Sporting Lisbon, it’s safe to take the Portuguese international off the list.

Fernandes is Lisbon’s captain and best player at the age of 25, and he’s been in scintillating form again this season. The man has scored six times and assisted six times in all competitions as an encore performances to a breakout 2018-2019 campaign in which he scored a whopping 20 goals with 13 assists in Liga NOS.

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While Real have plenty of talent in the attacking midfield, Fernandes may have been an exception due to his youth and ridiculous statistical record in 2018-2019.

But since Fernandes has signed a new deal with a release clause approaching nine figures and a contract that makes the captain his team’s highest-paid player, it looks like Los Blancos are better off tabling their interest for good. Assuming they still had interest in the likes of Fernandes and Eriksen, who is still yet to sign a deal of his own with Tottenham.


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