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

Chelsea, Antonio Rudiger (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
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Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix (Photo by Ronny Hartmann / AFP) (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images)
Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix (Photo by Ronny Hartmann / AFP) (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images) /

1. Maxence Lacroix

There are a lot of things to consider for Real Madrid before they make a center-back signing in this winter window or the upcoming 2022 summer window. Carlo Ancelotti wouldn’t want to risk changing the tried and tested 4-3-3 as he did from earlier on in the season. Signing another star player at center-back would mean that the partnership that Real Madrid has going at the back would be disrupted a hundred percent or at least there would be a change from the beloved 4-3-3.

While the signing of Jules Kounde as a utility man does sound good, his links with Chelsea are still something that could hurt Real Madrid in their pursuit. The best option is always to go with a backup. Benoit Badiashile is an exciting prospect but one could argue about him not being fit for Real Madrid because he hasn’t yet proven his worth in the highest level of football.

Therefore, the possibility of Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix moving to Real Madrid grows more interesting each day in my mind. On the face of it, Lacroix is just a year older than Badiashile but dare I say it, he is much wiser. He is becoming a rock to this Wolfsburg side and getting more and more first-team starts under his belt.

While he has never played top-flight football before arriving at Wolfsburg, his rise has been one of football’s best stories in recent times. He is quickly establishing himself as one of the World’s best right-sided center-backs. His long passing and ball-carrying have been huge assets to the German club. He also has the touch and skill to evade high press and the mobility to cope with fast attackers.

Bundesliga veteran John Brooks has been Lacroix’s preferred partner which gives me another reason to believe he would work as a perfect rotational piece for Eder Militao. David Alaba is a strong front-foot defender who can give Lacroix the kind of support he needs to excel at Real Madrid. He has already taken a quantum leap in quick time, I believe in him to take another and become a core player to this Real Madrid side.

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Additionally, he fits into Real Madrid’s preferred age category for transfers and is a little more established prospect than Badiashile. Together with players like Eder Militao, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes, and Fede Valverde to name a few, he could be part of the nucleus of players who creates Real Madrid’s mainstay in the future. He is rightly the option to sign as a long-term solution.