Real Madrid preferred to sign Militao over De Ligt

first_imgMino Raiola has approached positions with Real Madrid and, with that movement, has started the machinery around his stars and the white club. Now the signings of Pogba and Haaland seem more feasible. And in recent weeks, another of its players has joined the roster of futures at the Bernabéu, Matthijs de Ligt (20 years old), a center-back who was ruled out by Éder Militao (22) a year ago. 4 The irruption of De Ligt, one of the Ajax banners that amazed in 2018-19 eliminating Madrid and reaching the semifinals in the Champions League, he raised a wave of praise and interest. Few were the elite teams that did not weigh their hiring, with special provision for the purchase of Barcelona and Juventus. Finally, he finished in Turin for 75 million plus 10.5 in variables, an impression figure. Before, De Ligt, who has not entered Juve correctly this year and ponders whether to leave, had been one of the options valued by Real Madrid to reinforce himself. However, as AS learned, the sports management chose Militao for availability, price and profile. His signing, given the club’s good relations with Porto and the lesser reputation of the defender, could be agreed much more quickly. He did not demand, as it would happen with the then central Ajax, wait for the season to advance and the bid that would be for De Ligt, which still was offered to the Bernabéu with Militao signed. The Brazilian cost 50 million, 25 less than the Dutch.Doubts with MilitaoIt had also been considered in the reports that Militao married more because of his physical and technical conditions. He looked like an ideal footballer for the style of Madrid: In addition to being versatile (he had been acting on the right side with Porto), improved in speed and ball output to De Ligt, what allowed to play with the most advanced line and to build better from behind.center_img 3 Militao, what I wasn’t convincing until the coronavirus stop, however, it has continued to progress these months with Brazil. It is a fixed in the calls of Tite and, although its performance has raised doubts, it maintains defenders in Madrid. The argument is that he is a footballer with conditions and international who simply has to be given adaptation time and minutes of play: Zidane, who had nothing to do with his arrival, has given him 992 (17th in the squad).last_img read more