Eduardo Camavinga’s arrival at Real Madrid is just the latest example of the club’s recent transfer policy.
Los Blancos’ priority in the transfer window in recent seasons has been to bring in young talent before they reach their peak, allowing them to double their value at the club.
The same is true with Kylian Mbappe. Real Madrid were very close to his signing in 2017, even though he wouldn’t have come cheap, but instead he opted to join Paris Saint-Germain, where he has gone on to become one of the very best players in the world.
Casemiro, Odegaard, Asensio…
Real Madrid have been operating in this way for almost a decade now. In 2013 they signed a 21-year-old Casemiro, then an 18-year-old Marco Asensio in 2014 for 3.5 million euros before a 16-year-old Martin Odegaard came in 2015 for a similar sum.
While Odegaard’s signing didn’t turn out to be a successful one on the pitch, it was absolutely a good investment that worked out financially, having sold him to Arsenal this summer for 40 million euros.
Casemiro is one of the best players in the world in his position and is under contract until 2025, while Asensio has shown flashes of brilliance when he has been able to stay free of injury.
The wait for Valverde
Fede Valverde had to wait two years to move to Real Madrid after being signed from Penarol at just 16, due to FIFA regulations. Since, he hasn’t looked back even though things haven’t always been smooth sailing. Valverde has grown a lot in the last two seasons and has recently been tied down until 2027.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes both came from Brazil once they came of age, having been signed at 16 and 17 respectively, with each costing 45 million euros.
Both came to the club initially to work with Castilla, but the idea was always for them to play with the first team. Vinicius has become something of a fan favourite at the club, while Rodrygo continues to fight for his place.
Brahim, Kubo, Lunin…
Not every young signing shines right away, at least not at Real Madrid. Take Kubo has impressed in LaLiga Santander, but on loan elsewhere. His arrival at no cost represents excellent business.
Brahim Diaz’s arrival for 17 million euros from Manchester City could yet prove profitable, with him impressing at AC Milan since being sent there on loan for the first time last season. Andriy Lunin, who cost 8.5m euros, is another that looks to have a very bright future.
Theo Hernandez never found his feet in Madrid, nor has Dani Ceballos, who is still at the club. Mateo Kovacic grew tired of waiting to be more than a peripheral player, and Lucas Silva couldn’t find a place in the team.
Now, Camavinga is the latest youngster to arrive and he’ll hope to find a place for himself in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans this season.