Real Madrid His market value and performance make him an interesting signing
Real Madrid does not stop missing Cristiano Ronaldo and continues in the Search for a benchmark on the attack front to fill the empty scorer that the Portuguese left. Although Benzema has grown in the last two years, his numbers are insufficient to be the stellar ‘9’ and his role stands out as a second striker, standing out in characteristic traits of an attacking midfielder.
This is surprising, since the investment made by the white team in attackers has been significant, with signings such as Hazard (115 million), Jovic (63 million), Vincius (45 million), Rodrygo (45 million) or even Mariano ( 21 million), played by Olympique de Lyon. However, only Jovic and Mariano are players who could be considered born forwards but that, for various reasons, have had a very limited number of opportunities. The first, moreover, is about to be loaned to his home club, Eintracht Frankfurt.
The second part of the season is demanding, with the aim of coming back in LaLiga (4 points behind Atltico de Madrid, but which has two games less) and advancing in the UEFA Champions League to improve the result of last season (eliminated in the second round for Manchester City), so It would not be surprising if Real Madrid found itself looking for reinforcements and, especially, for its attack line.
Although it is true that the current situation restricts the club’s spending capacity, there are various formulas that could allow a restructuring of the template: transfer with or without future purchase option, cross transfer of players, purchase through player exchange, etc.
With all this, and using data from Opta, we have explored the market of the 5 major leagues (LaLiga, Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1). In this case we have analyzed the yield harvested in the last two and a half seasons. That is to say, we are looking for experienced players in high-level leagues who have had a outstanding but also sustained performance in the time.
Therefore, we have taken As shown by the strikers who have played at least the equivalent of 10 full games in each of the seasons already ended (18/19 and 19/20), and 5 full games this season (20/21). The parameters considered have been: Goals (ex. Penalties), Total Kicks, Assists, Chances Created, Dribbles Completed, Aerial Duels Won, Touches in Rival Area, and Possession Recovered in the last Third.
The results of the podium are not surprising, being the best Messi, Neymar and Mbapp, as we will see in the table below. Mbapp, slightly behind, nevertheless presents a higher scoring efficiency ratio that of the other two, converting into a goal approximately 1 in 4 shots.
However, in the context of our search we have found a player who may be of great interest to the white family: Duvn Zapata. Colombian, 29, about to turn thirty, plays for Atalanta, Real Madrid’s next rival in the Champions League. Shoe not only is he one of the best players based on the analysis carried out, but is also a player very similar to past objectives of Real Madrid, Robert Lewandowski and Timo Werner, as we will see below.
As we can observe, besides a great auctioneer (presents a goal per shot ratio of 18%), Zapata also generates recurring occasions, being a good complement for a second striker. Used to playing as the only striker, in a 3-4-2-1 system, but also playing with a partner (Muriel or Ilicic this season), in a 3-4-1-2 system, he could offer different options to the player. Zidane’s team.
At plano econmico, the Colombian presents a market value of 38 million, according to Transfermarkt, and 30-40 million, according to CIES. Although the president of Atalanta, Antonio Percassi, put the Colombian player at 80 million last summer, the current delicate situation could allow a purchase at a considerably lower price, as we already advance in BRAND. And, as we mentioned above, it is likely that the Italian team is willing to consider various formulas that could lower the cost of the operation.
As we always remember, It is important to note that all of the above is merely indicative and that any hypothetical decision should be supported by video analysis and a more complete evaluation.. Not to mention that any result obtained comes from a selection of parameters that do not have to coincide with those used by the Sports Directorate in a supposed recruitment process.