Real Madrid seems on its way to let Sergio Ramos leave after over 15 years in which he has developed into a soccer legend. He is of the best center backs ever, but his contract expires at the end of the current season, so a replacement is a priority for Florentino Pérez and Zinedine Zidane. From free agents to huge investments, there are lots of possibilities.
But now, it seems the club has found a very suitable option in midway between both ends, neither a free agent like David Alaba, nor a $90 million transfer like Sevilla’s Jules Koundé. The only fallen chance is Dayot Upamecano, who has already been signed by Bayern Munich to replace Alaba, who confirmed his departure.
For a player like a replacement Sergio Ramos, a $25 million investment would not be a bad deal. He is just a 21-year-old left footed defender who plays for RC Lens in France’s Ligue 1. His name is Facundo Medina. The Argentinian was released by River Plate when he was a teenage, mid-table team Talleres rescued him and boosted his abilities. He was acquired for just $4 million by the french club, and his current price as per Transfermarkt is $9.6 million, but the club could ask for $25 million according to Defensa Central.
Medina started playing as a left-back. In an emergency replacement in the Under 20 South American Championship, Argentina’s coach fielded him as a center back. His performances were so solid that he earned the spot for the World Cup, the Pre-Olympic Tournament, and possibly, the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokio. He made his senior debut for Argentina last October entering in the last minutes against Bolivia, in his country’s first win in La Paz in 15 years.