Real Madrid Femenino interested in making a risky transfer for the future

Freja Olofsson (Photo by Howard Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
Freja Olofsson (Photo by Howard Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid Femenino have not gotten off to an ideal start in the 2021-2022 season. Though they are certainly missing superstars Marta Cardona and Kosovare Asllani due to injury, the reality is that manager David Aznar’s tactical incompetence continues to hold back a very talented side. Even considering Real need their new players to gel, which seems to already be occurring given Esther Gonzalez’s form in front of goal, they should really be better than 10th in the table.

Las Blancas have already had two successful, busy transfer windows. This past summer, they brought in the league’s second-leading scorer from last season, Esther, as well as Athenea del Castillo, Claudia Zornoza, Caroline Moller, and others.

But Real Madrid will reportedly remain ambitious in the market. According to a report from the Telegraph’s Tom Garry, the Champions League side has submitted an offer worth 100,000 euros to NWSL club Racing Louisville. The player they are after? Freja Olofsson, though Garry states that she seems to be happy with her club and likely won’t move after just one season. Still, he reports Real are “very keen” on this deal happening.

Many Madridistas are reacting to this news with surprise, because Olofsson is not exactly a household name. If someone were to tell you that Real submitted a significant transfer fee for a player in the United States’ top flight, you would have a galactic name in mind.

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But Olofsson is definitely someone to watch. She does not get much press because she is a defensive midfielder, and she is also a newcomer in multiple ways. Firstly, she is an up-and-coming player at the age of 23 in a position where most players peak later. And secondly, she just joined the NWSL this season after spending the first few seasons of her professional career in Sweden and Norway.

A Swedish youth international, Olofsson has not received a cap for the senior team yet, which is another reason why most fans have not heard of her. But she had a great first season in America, even leading all players in ball recoveries during the Challenge Cup before the actual campaign.

Perhaps Real Madrid want to invest in a young defensive midfielder who can win possession, aerial duels, and help the rest of the midfield play more attacking. Maite Oroz, Teresa Abelleira, and Zornoza look like great passers and progressors in midfield. And they could truly flourish with a better manager. Aurelie Kaci is the current anchor in midfield, but Olofsson could be someone younger and more athletic to take on the mantle.

It is a risk to spend 100,000 euros on a young, unknown player, and we don’t know if Olofsson can be good enough on the ball for Real Madrid. But we also don’t know if she will even sign anyway, given she is content with life in the NWSL after recently making a move.

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Real appear to be sold on Olofsson, so we’ll see what happens next. Garry believes Real will be active in the transfer window, which makes sense due to their slow start to the season and lofty goals for the team. Expect more players – and bigger names – to be linked to Las Blancas.