Isco – Florian Wirtz
Isco’s Real Madrid career has been a fairly disappointing one, though he has won a lot of trophies at the club. He was expected to be the future of Real Madrid in 2018, but he’s only going to leave the club as a free agent this summer, after a disappointing last three years at the club.
There is a very good replacement for Isco in Real Madrid’s academy, in the form of the highly talented Sergio Arribas. But we are talking about the perfect replacement here, and the only player that comes to my mind is Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz, who’s having a fantastic season in Bundesliga.
He has 10 goals and 13 assists in 2035 minutes for Leverkusen in all competitions this season and has been an excellent attacking midfielder with a well-rounded skill-set and a touch of directness to his game, giving us every reason to see him as a potential Real Madrid transfer target. Given his high price tag, he’s not a practical option, but as I’ve mentioned above, he’s the perfect option to replace Isco.
Eden Hazard – Bernardo Silva
Ever since his ankle injury suffered against PSG in November 2019, a lot of things have gone wrong for Eden Hazard, and his situation is reaching a stage where a departure this summer might be the best option for him and the club.
If the current No. 7 leaves the Spanish capital this summer, then Kylian Mbappe might take the number vacated by him and can be seen as Hazard’s replacement. But Hazard has never been an out-and-out goalscorer in his career and has mostly been a versatile creative player. If we are looking for a player of that profile, then Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva might be the best option, and he has also been linked to the club in recent days.
My colleague Kevin has rated him as the best player to sign from the Premier League, and looking at his wonderful career at City, one can’t doubt Silva’s quality. Given his versatility and hardworking nature, he can be a perfect fit for Real Madrid, though his signing might sound a bit unrealistic.