Real Madrid have been offered the chance to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl, who has been a long-term target for Barcelona.
As per a report from Spanish publication Don Balon, Julian Weigl has been offered to Real Madrid, who are looking to rebuild their squad in the summer. The Dortmund midfielder was a long-term target for Barcelona and is reportedly miffed at being overlooked by the club in favour of Brazilian star Arthur Melo.
The report entails that Julian Weigl understands very well that he would stand a better shot at European trophies, and trophies in general, at Real Madrid, which has been a major factor in him lauding his services to the defending European Champions. However, Don Balon add that another factor that has played a role is Barcelona’s neglect of the Dortmund star, with the Catalans choosing to pursue Gremio midfielder Arthur Melo.
Julian Weigl has been linked to the who’s who of world football for a couple of seasons now. At Dortmund, he has shown his pedigree to perform at the highest level and on a consistent basis. Add to that the current need for holding midfielders at top clubs and it is not a surprise to see Weigl in demand.
The 22-year-old German international has been on the radar of Manchester City, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Barcelona to name a few clubs. But, Barcelona, for long, had been tipped to be the player’s next destination, with the Catalans eyeing the midfielder as a suitable long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets.
In the end though, Barcelona have turned their attention to Gremio star Arthur Melo and there are rumours that a deal is close to being done to bring the Brazilian over to the Nou Camp, which has left Julian Weigl to consider other options.
Real Madrid themselves do not have much options as the holding midfielder in a midfield three, with Casemiro the only quality option at Zinedine Zidane’s disposal. Thus, Weigl would be a viable addition to the squad at Santiago Bernabeu.
The report does iterate that the player will form part of the rebuilding process that will get underway in the summer at Real Madrid, spearheaded by president Florentino Perez.
Weigl’s addition could prove to be a great piece of business. The player’s industry in Bundesliga has often been unmatched and his long-term viability makes him an ideal arrival. Manchester City and other clubs though, might look to play spoilsport. But, this looks like a deal that Real Madrid would be able to complete without much hassles, if they want to.