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Analysing the best fit for Real Madrid among three defensive targets

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As Real Madrid grapples with defensive challenges, particularly following Nacho’s recent red card against Alavés, Carlo Ancelotti is actively considering reinforcements for the backline and Marca via Olocip, analysing top best fit for Real Madrid among the targets, Inacio stand out as the best one.

The team’s current situation, with only one fit central defender available for the first game of 2024 and David Alaba’s injury severity confirmed, has prompted a heightened interest in defensive additions during the winter transfer window.

Several young and economically feasible center-backs have emerged on Real Madrid‘s radar, each with unique qualities. Here are the potential candidates:

1. António Silva (Benfica)

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 1.87 meters
  • Foot: Right
  • Antonio Silva of SL Benfica leaves the pitch after received a red card during the UEFA Champions League match between SL Benfica and FC...

António Silva, regarded as the preferred option by Real Madrid, comes with a significant price tag. Despite the financial hurdle, Real Madrid is convinced of his potential, envisioning a future value of €80-90 million. Silva, a physical and skilled defender, made a mark with Benfica and earned his place in Portugal’s national team for the 2022 World Cup.

2. Gonçalo Inácio (Sporting CP)

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 1.85 meters
  • Foot: Left
  • Goncalo Inacio of Sporting CP celebrates scoring their team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 match between Sporting CP and SK Sturm...

Gonçalo Inácio, identified before Alaba’s injury, presents a distinctive profile as a left-footed center-back. With exceptional control and ball distribution, Inácio is a key player for Sporting CP. Valued at €60 million, a mid-season move seems unlikely due to Sporting CP’s strong performance in the league and Europa League.

3. Leny Yoro (Lille)

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 1.90 meters
  • Foot: Right
  • Leny YORO of Lille during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace and LOSC Lille at La Meinau Stadium on December 20,...

Dubbed the ‘new Varane’ for his resemblance in stature and footballing abilities, Leny Yoro is the youngest among the three options. Despite being only 18, Yoro has earned acclaim for his composure, aerial ability, and goal-scoring prowess. His playing style draws comparisons to former Real Madrid defender Raphaël Varane.

Olocip’s Analysis

Olocip, a technology capable of contextualizing players within specific teams, analysing the best fit for Carlo Ancelotti’s system. Among the three options, Inácio stands out as the player who would perform better than 84% of the current central defenders in Real Madrid’s squad.

Contributing to Sporting CP’s defensive stability, Inácio helps prevent a goal every 272 minutes, showcasing his impact in the backline. Yoro and Silva, while also promising, exhibit slightly lower defensive efficiency according to Olocip’s analysis.

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