Real Madrid need to find a long-term successor to Dani Carvajal at right-back as soon as possible. It is true that the Spaniard is a club legend and has played a huge part in a lot of their successes over the past decade or so. At the same time though, one cannot ignore the fact that his performance levels have dropped and he is nowhere near as good as he was in his prime.
Real Madrid do not have genuine cover for Carvajal either. Nacho Fernandez and Lucas Vazquez are not natural right-backs. On the other hand, Alvaro Odriozola has barely played and is expected to leave this summer.
Thus, right-back has become a bit of an weakness in this Real Madrid team. The club are set to bring in a promising talent back on loan though.
Vinicius Tobias spent the previous season on loan at Real Madrid, from Shakhtar Donetsk. And the Brazilian wonderkid looks set to be back for another temporary spell.
Real Madrid close to signing right-back on loan deal
As tweeted out by Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid closing in on a deal for Tobias thanks to their excellent relationship with Shakhtar Donetsk. It will be a new loan until June 2024. There will be a €15 million buy option clause but not mandatory.
Tobias is a very highly rated talent and played a significant amount of football at the Castilla level last season. But he was not able to break into Real Madrid’s senior team. It remains to be seen if that changes next season, if does indeed end up on another loan spell at Santiago Bernabeu.
Los Blancos have a great record of developing Brazil talents into first-team stars. One would be hoping that they are able to do that with Tobias as well, considering the right-back situation at the club.