Real Madrid eye deal for Boca youngster with transfer ban looming


Real Madrid may still be reeling from the news that they will be hit with a transfer embargo over ‘irregularities in the signing of minors’ but with this January being the last opportunity to sign players before the ban, Los Merengues are looking to tie up several deals. Aside from the far bigger names that Real will undoubtedly be linked with, reports in Argentina suggest that Boca Juniors’ Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur is on that list. The 18-year-old is one of the Primera División’s brightest prospects but would certainly be one for the future if he was to make the huge move to the Bernabéu.

Madrid are thought to be preparing a €9.5 million bid for the elegant midfielder, which if true would without question be a figure too good for Boca, or any Argentine club, to turn down. It is worth noting that Bentancur was included as part of the deal involving Carlos Tevez’s return to La Bombonera and granted Juventus first refusal to buy a number of Boca’s most highly-rated young players. The bianconeri would need to match the offer to see off Madrid and that would appear doubtful, if indeed a bid of that size comes to fruition.

Given that Bentancur has made only 18 first team appearances for Boca, it is clear that Real Madrid would not be signing the youngster with the view of making an immediate impact in the senior squad. However, that doesn’t diminish his clear potential and the possibility that he could develop into a player of the calibre suited to top tier European football.

With a wonderful range of passing, superb technique and a good workrate, Bentancur is a natural central midfielder, able to operate as a box-to-box type or further forward as an enganche and for several years has been one of the jewels in Boca’s academy.

Since making his senior debut at the start of 2015, Bentancur has played a peripheral role in Boca Juniors’ hugely successful year but was an able deputy in Rodolfo Arruabarrena’s midfield when the squad required rotation. The Uruguayan made headlines for the wrong reasons when his wayward pass gifted San Lorenzo a last-minute victory in La Bombonera and forced the 18-year-old to tears but with Boca still lifting the title, the mistake went unpunished.

Excusing this mistake, Bentancur has shown enough flashes of his passing ability to suggest he could be a central figure on Boca’s and Uruguay’s future, if he is to remain in Argentina. If Real Madrid were looking to complete transfer business early and were in the market for talented young players to bolster their futyre options then Rodrigo Bentancur would be a decent option.

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