Dani Carvajal scored a late winner for Real Madrid against Almeria to complete a comeback from 2-0 down and seal all three points. In the process, the Spaniard showed that he still has a lot to offer to this team. But at the same time, one cannot deny that sooner or later, the club will need to find a long-term successor to him.
Carvajal is 32 years of age now. And there were a lot of question marks around his form, before the Spaniard stepped it up this season.
Real Madrid have been linked with plenty of right-backs in recent times. Reece James of Chelsea, Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool, Pedro Porro of Tottenham Hotspur and Jeremie Frimpong of Bayer Leverkusen are just some of the players believed to be on their radar.
Another right-back seems to be a potential transfer target for Real Madrid now. It is Dutch international and Feyenoord standout, Lutsharel Geertruida.
Real Madrid ready to pay €35 million fee to sign Dutchman
As reported by Fichajes, Real Madrid has set its eyes on Geertruida as the possible heir to Carvajal. Los Blancos are willing to shell out around €35 million to secure his signing.
Geertruida is 23 years of age. His versatility must be attractive to Real Madrid, as the Dutchman can play both as a right-back and as a centre-back. For a club that does not like to have a big squad, that is invaluable.
Geertruida is a full Netherlands international. He is also known for his leadership qualities, having captained Feyenoord already. And his output has been excellent this season.
Someone like Geertruida seems like an excellent prospect. He would not be the most high-profile signing but he is the kind of player who can have a positive impact on a team and improve them in several areas. Let's see if Los Blancos do make a move for him.