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The Brazilian Kaka, surely an all-time legend, has likely seen his time at Madrid run out. After awe-inspiring performances for AC Milan, Kaka garnered intense interest from Real Madrid and made the then-most expensive transfer of all-time to the Spanish capital. He's played at a good level but never met his expectations, largely due to injury.
Why does his departure matter? Because he's the only player suited to come on for Mesut Ozil.
Ozil, an undeniable talent in midfield, has led Europe's top leagues in assists for two straight years. He is also only 23. While Ozil's spot in the starting line-up is surely a lock, he needs depth behind him in the form of a creative midfielder. Mourinho rarely allows Ozil to play the full 90 minutes, so a signing makes sense.
Personally, I am a big fan of Madrid using their academy for their needs when possible; however, in this case it seems there is really no Castilla suited to cover Ozil.
Rumors are buzzing about what seems to be the imminent signing of Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric. Modric, 26 years old, has been impressive from Tottenham in his time at the London club, revealing himself to be among the world's elite passers.
Questions abound about the transfer, though. As Tottenham's principle midfielder, the cost for Modric must be huge, with the Daily Mail stating Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is demanding £35 million for his star. Madrid undoubtedly have the money, but do fans really want to see them spend that much on a player who seems destined to play second fiddle?
There must also be questions about Modric's talents in comparison to Ozil's. Ozil is a clear creator, making up the passes that lead immediately to the goals, hence his 17 league assists in just 30 games. In contrast, Modric creates for the suppliers in a manner similar to Barcelona's Xavi or Madrid's own Xabi Alonso. Modric, in 36 league starts, assisted just four goals. Is he more suited to play in Alonso's spot?
And, given that question, if he is to be Alonso's back-up, who is Ozil's back-up, and what is to become of Nuri Sahin, the Turkish midfielder who shone brightly for Borussia Dortmund but struggled for playing time due to injury in his debut year for Madrid?
My personal favorite for the attacking midfielder role is Sao Paolo's Lucas Moura. The Brazilian at just 19 years old has already established himself as an intelligent midfielder with world class dribbling and an ability to create and score.
Lucas' transfer would likely be around £35 million, but the money would be well spent for such a young and technically gifted star. He is a perfect replacement for Kaka and could also serve as a winger if needed. For me, this signing makes more sense given how bright a future Lucas will surely have and how well he fills in for Kaka.