Real Madrid have followed up the transfer of Norwegian superstar Martin Odegaard by signing Brazilian wonderkid Lucas Silva from Cruizeiro.
Silva is one of the brightest talents in Brazil and at just 21 years of age, this is a player who will only get better with time.
The midfielder is expected to shadow German international Toni Kroos and bide his time, but with outstanding vision, technical ability and mental toughness Silva will make waves toward the first-team before too long.
Silva also joins Madrid during a very interesting period in the club’s history.
The fans of Los Blancos are accustomed to a certain types of player joining their club – only the biggest and most expensive in world football have rolled up at the Bernabeu over the last decade.
But with the transfers of Silva and Odegaard, we are witnessing a blatant change in tactic from Madrid – the club is finally building for the long-term, like their fiercest rivals Barcelona have been doing for over 20 years.
Whether this is at the bequest of Madrid’s manager Carlo Ancelotti or from club president Florentino Perez remains unclear but what is startlingly obvious is that this is just the beginning.
Real Madrid are expected to make further moves in the transfer market to bring in more young, promising players before the end of this window.
It seems every young player destined for greatness is also destined to pull on the famous white shirt sooner rather than later.
It would be easy for a club of Madrid’s stature – the Spanish side are top of the football rich list for the 1oth year in a row – to sign the finished article, as they have so readily done in the past.
But with perhaps the strongest starting 11 in the game, now is the perfect time to build for the future, to back up the world-beaters they already have with the world-beaters of the next generation.
While Real’s squad may seem frightening this season, expect it to only get younger and stronger.