World Football

Will Perez Get It Right This Time?

LONDON - MAY 04:  Gael Clichy of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at the Emirates Stadium on May 4, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Brian SonCorrespondent IJune 13, 2009

So anyone who looks at Perez's previous track record with major signings will see the gaping problem that Perez seems to disregard. Defenders.

In the previous Los Galacticos, it was his policy to sign high profile attacking players such as Zidane, Ronaldo, Beckham, Robinho, and Owen that meant he had a plethora of attacking sides to field.

However, he assumed that defensive people such as the backs and the defensive mid, weren't worth the money that the attacking Galacticos were, which lead to his refusal of giving Claude Makelele, their great defensive midfielder, a pay raise, after which he sold off Makelele to Chelsea.

With the downfall of the last version of Los Galacticos partly linked to his failure to sign good defensive minded players and respect them as he did the attackers, has Perez realized his faults and looked into his defensive problems?

According to rumors, perhaps he will remedy his defensive misgivings by looking to sign Gael Clichy from Arsenal.

Clichy, coming off of a fairly sub-par season for Arsenal that ended early through injury, may see Real Madrid as an opportunity to start new and perhaps dominate with his speed in La Liga, linking up with the likes of Kaka and Christiano Ronaldo on his overlapping runs.

While Pellegrini and Perez can't stop at Clichy to shore up their defensive shambles, it would be a positive first step for Perez to learn from his previous mistakes.

As an Arsenal fan, I definitely wouldn't want Clichy to leave, but this connection of Real Madrid to Clichy may be the start of some star defensive signings for Real Madrid's defense.

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