5 players who can replace Dani Carvajal at Real Madrid

FC Internazionale v Real Madrid: Group B - UEFA Champions League
FC Internazionale v Real Madrid: Group B - UEFA Champions League
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Dani Carvajal is one of Real Madrid's most experienced players.

Carvajal signed with Los Blancos in 2013 from Bayer Leverkusen and has been a constant figure in the side's successes over the last decade. He came through the Spanish club's academy before moving to Leverkusen. Madrid then brought him back to Santiago Bernabeu after triggering the buy-back clause in the deal. He has been key to the club's triumphs in the UEFA Champions League and La Liga.

A big happy birthday to Real Madrid and Spain defender Dani Carvajal ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† Champions League ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† Club World Cup ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† UEFA Super Cup ๐Ÿ† La Liga ๐Ÿ† Spanish Super Cup ๐Ÿ† Copa del Rey

Carvajal is a right-back by trade and has flourished over the years, but his time at the club seems to be coming to a close. He recently turned 30 and hasn't looked at his best over the past year or so.

Carvajal's performance against forward Kylian Mbappe in the UEFA Champions League this season was seemingly the final nail in the coffin. He was consistently outwitted and outpaced the Paris Saint-Germain forward.

๐Ÿ˜ฏ Kylian Mbappe registered 18 touches in the Real Madrid penalty area, a record in a #UCL knock-out match since 2018๐Ÿฅด Dani Carvajal probably had nightmares last night

Let's take a look at the five players who can replace Carvajal at Santiago Bernabeu.

#5. Dodo | Shakhtar Donetsk

FC Internazionale v Shakhtar Donetsk: Group B - UEFA Champions League
FC Internazionale v Shakhtar Donetsk: Group B - UEFA Champions League

Domilson dos Santos, better known as Dodo, plays for Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.

He spent his early years in Brazil before signing for Shakthar in 2018 from Coritiba. After a season away on loan at Vitoria Guimaraes, he rejoined the club the following year and has worked his way into the first-team.

Shakhtar's Dodรด starting well here. You just don't get full-backs like him anymore

He could be a good replacement for Carvajal. Real Madrid have already shown interest in signing the 23-year-old as per The Hard Tackle, who has admitted that he would gladly join should the opportunity present itself.

Shakhtar #Donetsk wants โ‚ฌ 40m for #Dodo.โŒ#Tottenham's offer of โ‚ฌ 20m was rejected.โŒBayern #Munich's โ‚ฌ 25 million offer was rejected.#FCBayern #Shakhtar #COYS #THFC

Dodo has made 97 appearances for the Ukrainian side, scoring five goals and providing 17 assists in the process. He could certainly take his career to the next level with a move to Real Madrid.

#4. Pedro Porro | Sporting CP

Sporting CP v Borussia Dortmund: Group C - UEFA Champions League
Sporting CP v Borussia Dortmund: Group C - UEFA Champions League

Pedro Porro has emerged as a surprise option for Real Madrid.

The Manchester City man is currently on loan with Sporting Clube de Portugal and has been quite impressive with the side. He has previously represented Valladolid on loan.

Pedro Porro created more chances (51) and completed the fourth-most take-ons than any other defender during the 2020/21 Primeira Liga.He was named in the team of the year and helped Sporting CP win their first league title since the 2001/02 season.โ€ฆ

Porro was signed by Manchester City for a reported around โ‚ฌ14 million in 2019 from Girona, but has yet to make his debut for the club. He has been thriving on loan and has turned several heads his way with his performances, especially in the UEFA Champions League.

Pedro Porro doing Pedro Porro things over in Portugal. This is filth from the former City man ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Madrid have been in contact with the player and are leading the race to sign the 22-year-old, as per With a price tag of โ‚ฌ45 million, Porro certainly won't come cheap.

#3. Alvaro Odriozola | Fiorentina (on loan)

Atalanta BC v ACF Fiorentina - Coppa Italia
Atalanta BC v ACF Fiorentina - Coppa Italia

Real Madrid already have a direct replacement for Carvajal in Alvaro Odriozola.

Odriozola came up through the Real Sociedad academy and signed for Real Madrid in 2018. Despite putting in a few impressive performances, the club decided that he needed more experience and loaned him out to Bayern Munich and then Fiorentina.

Alvaro Odriozola started the season at Real Madrid, earning him a La Liga medal in July.Since joining Bayern in January he's also won the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Champions League, despite only playing five games.Four trophies across two countries in one season ๐Ÿคฏ

His time in Germany was short-lived, as Odriozola made just five appearances for Bayern. His subsequent move to Fiorentina this season has worked out far better, with Odriozola now considered a regular at right-back.

Managing Madrid Podcast: @MattWiltse4 and I discuss Odriozolaโ€™s current level, Fran Garcia vs Miguel vs Reguilon, and a bunch of other loan-tracker related stuff, including Kubo getting yanked at half-time against Betis:โ€ฆ

Odriozola has made 22 appearances in Serie A this season. With his loan deal running out at the end of the season, Odriozola is a natural frontrunner to take Carvajal's place.

#2. Achraf Hakimi | Inter Milan

Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain: Round Of Sixteen Leg Two - UEFA Champions League
Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain: Round Of Sixteen Leg Two - UEFA Champions League

Achraf Hakimi has been linked with a sensational return to Real Madrid, as per El Nacional.

Hakimi is a Los Blancos academy graduate, making his professional debut in 2017. After three relatively quiet seasons, Hakimi was loaned out to Borussia Dortmund. He established himself as one of Europe's premier right-backs at the German club.

Achraf Hakimi's career so far:Real Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธBorussia Dortmund ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชInter ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นPSG ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทHe's not even 23 yet ๐Ÿ˜ณ

A bidding war followed shortly after, with Inter Milan coming out on top. The Italian outfit signed him for a reported โ‚ฌ40 million, but Hakimi only went on to spend a year in Italy. This was followed by a move to Paris Saint-Germain last year, after the French heavyweight paid a reported โ‚ฌ60 million for the Moroccan.

Dani Carvajal career path๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ โžก๏ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช โžก๏ธ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธAchraf Hakimi career path๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ โžก๏ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช โžก๏ธ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธโ“Can Hakimi mirror Carvajal's career path and ultimately dethrone the Spaniard as Real Madrid's starting right-back? ๐Ÿ‘‡โ€ฆ

Hakimi is known for his electric pace and his excellent offensive contributions. He has scored thrice and made four assists in 31 games in all competitions so far this season. After barely half a season in Paris, he has already been linked with a return to the Santiago Bernabeu.

#1. Reece James | Chelsea

Chelsea v Aston Villa - Carabao Cup Third Round
Chelsea v Aston Villa - Carabao Cup Third Round

Reece James is understood to be Real Madrid's priority signing for the right-back position, as per El Nacional.

James made his debut for Chelsea in 2019 and has quickly developed into one of England's best right-backs. He displays an incredible mix of speed and strength, and has become one of the side's key players.

Reece James has scored 5 goals in the Premier League this season, more than any defender in the league. Such a key player in Tuchelโ€™s system. ๐Ÿ”ต๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ

James has been linked with Real Madrid sporadically. Recent reports have suggested that Eden Hazard could be used as part of a swap deal between the two clubs as per the aforementioned source.

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‘ Reece James has been directly involved in 11 Premier League goals this season. Is James Chelseaโ€™s best player? ๐Ÿค”

Still only 22, the Englishman comes with a market value of ยฃ50 million. He has already made 11 goal contributions in 17 appearances in Premier League so far this season.

Real Madrid are 'willing to spend more than ยฃ50m' to sign Reece James and 'could use Eden Hazard to sweeten the deal'

With Chelsea currently facing sanctions from the Premier League, there is no way to predict what could happen in the summer transfer window.

Edited by Aditya Singh


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