Zinedine Zidane is having a headache this year with the right and left back. Dani Carvajal and Marcelo are currently injured and they don’0t have a good replacement in the squad. For this reason, Real Madrid are looking into the market to reinforce these positions and they’ve spotted a good opportunity with Faouzi Ghoulam.
The Napoli defender is 25 years-old and he’s been just knocked out of the Africa Nations Cup with his national team Algeria. He plays as a left back for Napoli and he’s one of the most important players of the squad. Actually, he has appeared in 16 games this season with the Italian club, being one of the key footballers for Maurizio Sarri.
Los Blancos will have the opportunity to see Ghoulam in live because Napoli are visiting Santiago Bernabéu in this month, when both teams meet in the first leg of the Last 16 round of Champions League.
According to the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli and Ghoulam are already negotiating a new deal, because Ghoulam’s current contract ends in 2018. De Laurentis, Napoli boss, is in talks with the Algerian player, who wants a higher salary because he’s currently earning 900.000€ per year, less than most of his colleagues.
Ghoulam could be the perfect replacement for Marcelo. The Brazilian player is currently injured and Nacho has to play as a left back, although his most suitable position is full back. Fabio Coentrao is not showing the level to wear the white t-shirt, so it’s going to be very difficult for him to stay one year more with Los Blancos.
Napoli are doing a great season although they drew on Sunday against strugglers Palermo. The South Italian club has to play with Real Madrid in a few weeks and we should see all the potential of the team, including Ghoulam.