Three reasons why Real Madrid should not prioritize Lautaro Martinez this summer

Inter, Lautaro Martinez (Photo by Ciro de Luca/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Is Lautaro Martinez even the right fit?

So this point is something of a combination of the first two and really brings home the risk of spending potentially close to 100 million euros on Lautaro Martinez to bring him in from the current Serie A Champions.

Let’s look at both points in isolation first to reiterate. One, Real Madrid need a goal-scoring wide forward on the left or, preferably, right side who can play in their 4-3-3. Two, Real have a young striker out on loan who once scored 27 goals in a season, but he did not get much of a chance with Los Blancos because of his playing style and the system.

Therefore, Lautaro would need to do one of two things in order to be a success at Real Madrid. He would either need to be able to transition to being a wide forward and effectively score goals from the wings, or he would need to assimilate into the team and prove he can help Los Blancos shift to a two-striker formation with Benzema.

There is risk involved with both. Because while Lautaro is a fast player who has skill on the ball, we’ve never seen him excel as a winger at the highest level. In the second case, if Zidane wasn’t willing to accommodate Jovic in a new system or tailor thing to his playing style after apparently wanting him for 60 million euros, then can we guarantee Lautaro would be treated any differently?

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Signing Lautaro would be a huge investment, especially during the pandemic. If Real Madrid do not commit to him, then they could very well make another expensive mistake.