Real Madrid Transfers: 5 younger options at CB to sign instead of Antonio Rudiger

Chelsea, Antonio Rudiger (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
Chelsea, Antonio Rudiger (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images) /
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Real Madrid was heavily linked to the Champions League winning Center-back Antonio Rudiger. However, recent reports suggest that Los Blancos are ruling out this signing. I believe that Rudiger could have been a great fit for this Real Madrid squad. Not only is he technically blessed and has truly hit his high under Thomas Tuchel, but he is also a player with a healthy mentality.

He never sighs away from duels and is not afraid of letting his feeling heard. He can be a commanding figure in defense and has natural leadership qualities. Very much like David Alaba, he could have been a quick fit for this squad. But one thing going against him could be his age. He is 28 years old and is in his prime.

At a moment when Real Madrid already has a veteran star center back, David Alaba, in the squad, should Real rather look for younger options? If this deal is far from happening, I’d probably prefer a younger addition to the squad. Someone who could form the mainstay for the future. Here are my top five picks.

Villarreal, Pau Torres
Villarreal, Pau Torres (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images) /

5. Pau Torres

One of LaLiga’s most impressive young defenders, Pau Torres of Villarreal, was more frequently in discussion on Real Madrid’s transfer radar. The craze about the Spaniard has boiled down a bit to put it simply. However, I’d still like to stay alive to the possibility of him moving to the Capital.

Torres is an excellent ball-playing defender and can form a functioning partnership with either David Alaba or Eder Militao. He is tried and tested to the Spanish Conditions and has certainly been an eye-catching player in this Villarreal side. His numbers for long balls stand out and he is an excellent passer of the ball.

At 24 years of age, he fits the title perfectly. While he is younger than Antonio Rudiger, he could also be an economical signing. Transfermarkt values him at 50 million euros although Villarreal’s asking price would certainly be more. But, to invest that much in talent such as Torres would be a smart move.

He knows Real Madrid’s domestic opponents well and can resume from where he leaves it at Villarreal. On the European stage too, Torres has considerable experience. This season too, he has been dropping astute performances alongside scoring two goals, per WhoScored. So there you go, he brings decent attacking additions too alongside his versatile defensive skillset.