Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Colombian defender Eder Balanta, the Argentinian press has reported.
Carlo Ancelotti has only three centre-backs in his squad since Raul Albiol moved to Napoli, although Nacho Fernandez and Alvaro Arbeloa can play that role when required.
Los Blancos might be looking for a man to reinforce that position. A signing would be especially necessary if Pepe was to leave the squad, as some websites have claimed.
The 21-year-old Colombian is one of Florentino Perez’s first options, as revealed by agent Francois Gallardo at Spanish sports show El Chiringuito de Jugones.
Balanta has played his whole career at Argentinian side River Plate, where he arrived in 2011 at 17 years old. He made his professional debut in 2013, and he made a great impression, playing nine games and scoring two goals.
This year he has become an undisputed starter for the Buenos Aires-based club, and his good performances have caught the attention of several European giants, including Barcelona.
The young centre-back has also made five appearances for Colombia’s national team, including one game in Brazil’s World Cup.
Balanta is seen as one of the most promising defenders in South America, and Madrid could be preparing a summer bid to bring him to Europe.