Real Madrid: A sale that Real Madrid could regret
Real Madrid Marcos Llorente has joined Atletico Madrid
The Frenchman has never been a fan of the 24-year-old, despite Santiago Solari proving that he could compete with Casemiro for the role as holding midfielder. However, having played just 15 games in the last two seasons since coming back from a successful loan spell at Alaves, it’s understandable that Llorente was looking for a way out.
For Los Blancos, they needed to sell after spending in excess of 300 million euros on Eder Militao, Rodrygo Goes, Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy, so there is little to complain about with the 40m fee received from Atletico. But other things should be taken into consideration, such as his potential. While Zidane believes that Llorente is not cut out for the highest echelon of football, Diego Simeone will surely demonstrate that is not to be the case.
It does not make sense for Madrid to get rid of player who has Los Blancos‘ DNA in his blood, particularly when you are losing him to your great rivals (apologies, Barcelona). This non-aggression pact between Madrid and Atletico does not seem to be bidirectional, either; Madrid could not try to sign Sergio Aguero, Jose Maria Gimenez or Lucas Hernandez as they feared upsetting their neighbours, but Los Rojiblancos can ask for whoever they want.
Many at this point will think of Theo Hernandez, but the difference is that he was not in the Atletico squad, having just returned from a loan spell at Alaves, and it didn’t appear as though he would force his way into Simeone‘s plans either. And still there was a mess, despite Madrid paying slightly above his release clause in order to relieve any possible tension.
Obviously, without an agreement between the two clubs, the transfer cannot happen, but Madrid could have sold the midfielder to another club. The problem is that the other offers, if there were any, did not match Atletico‘s 40m euro offer.
Time will tell, but given Llorente‘s age, potential and how difficult it is to sign world-class midfielders nowadays, this is a sale that Madrid could regret.