You Can Sign Any 2 Players in the World: Real Madrid Influencers Take Their Pick

Where do you go when you’re the best? There’s no place but down for Real Madrid after a tremendous 2016/17 season—unless, that is, Zinedine Zidane finds a way to keep his side right at the top of the footballing tree.

La Liga winners, UEFA Champions League winners, Club World Cup winners: No team on the planet can lay claim to being better than Los Blancos right now, which presents a unique circumstance for trying to improve and upgrade the squad, while competitors at home and abroad attempt to do the same to catch up.

For Madrid, money is no barrier. They’re a rich club, they barely had any outlay last year on transfers, and one or two big departures this summer are expected—plus the wages of James Rodriguez and Pepe are already off the books.

So who comes in? We’ve opened the floor to social influencers of the club: fan sites, journalists and supporters, telling us exactly which two players they’d bring in through the doors of the Santiago Bernabeu this summer given the chance, to keep Real on top and celebrating silverware.

Not broken, don’t fix

All the power in the world to sign anybody at all—but being in the position they are, it’s not a surprise to hear that not everybody wants to flash the cash.

Real’s balance was good last year, and they were tactically flexible, too. Zidane started the season—shorn of attacking options due to injuries—with a 4-1-4-1, returning to 4-3-3 once the big guns were back up front, then switching to a diamond later in the season as Isco won a deserved starting spot.

As a result, fan news site @ManagingMadrid are perfectly happy the way things are.

“At this point, I’d stand pat. Before it was done, I was a huge advocate for Marcos Llorente coming back, while supporting the idea of bringing Theo Hernandez along with him,” says Kiyan Sobhani from the site.

“I had the pleasure of covering both those players with Alaves all season, and I’m really excited about what they’ll bring to the team.

“But this is the deepest squad in Europe: two elite players at every position. I’m not a fan of shoehorning in another player for the sake of it.

Perhaps any unexpected departures might change that, but it’s a more than reasonable approach as things stand. Real are investing in youth to ensure the best chance of continuity, and the stars and starters have plenty left in the tank for this upcoming season.