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Under the microscope – All five of Real Madrid’s big money summer signings

Real Madrid have reacted to a disappointing season in the Spanish capital in typical Real Madrid style, with an aggressive foray into the transfer market and a series of marquee signings.

The La Liga side’s lavish summer spending is already close to £300m, so we’ve decided to take a close look at all five of the club’s big-money additions…

Luka Jovic

Signed from Eintracht Frankfurt for initial £52.4m

The Serbian forward enjoyed a prolific season for the Bundesliga side last term, scoring 27 goals in all competitions as Frankfurt reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Initially joining on a two-season loan from Benfica in 2017, the 21-year-old’s rapid progression saw the German’s exercise the option to sign Jovic permanently as interest from around Europe grew.

Jovic will be the long-term replacement for Karim Benzema as Madrid’s focal point in attack, despite the Frenchman netting over 20 league goals for the first time since 2015/16 last season.

Jovic insists he can play alongside the 31-year-old, as Madrid look to fill the goal-scoring void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus last summer.

The young forward is an all-round threat, equally capable of scoring with either foot. Indeed, of his 25 Bundesliga goals since joining Frankfurt, 10 have been right foot, 10 left foot and 5 with his head.

Eder Militao

Signed for £42.7m from Porto

The Brazilian defender joins from Porto on a long-term deal, as Real look to shore up a defence which conceded more goals than 13th-placed Leganes last season.

The 21-year-old spent just one season with the Portuguese side, impressing in a variety of different roles. His versatility has seen him utilised at centre-back, right-back and in defensive midfield, which will prove invaluable to Zinedine Zidane next season.

Quick, strong and technically sound, Militao is the archetypal modern centre-back and could become a mainstay at the Spanish side for years to come.

His ability in the air can be questioned, with the youngster winning just 57% of his duels, however, this may improve as he matures and learns from the likes of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.

Eden Hazard

Signed from Chelsea for initial £89m

The marquee addition at the Bernabeu and arguably the first ‘Galactico’ to sign for Real Madrid since James Rodriguez in 2014, the protracted transfer of Eden Hazard from Chelsea was completed for a fee which could rise to a club-record £150m.

Zidane had made no secret of his admiration for the mercurial Belgian, whilst Hazard himself is realising a boyhood dream by signing for Los Blancos.

Arguably the Premier League‘s finest player, Hazard is amongst the elite of European football and will become the creative fulcrum of Zidane’s new-look side.

Blessed with superb dribbling skills and a low centre of gravity, the 28-year-old is a player who will entertain the often demanding supporters of the Madrid club.

Having scored 16 Premier League goals and created another 15 last season, it is hoped Hazard, alongside Jovic, can fire the goals that lead Real to silverware next season.

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Ferland Mendy

Signed from Lyon for £47.1m

A signing which could spell the end of Marcelo’s glittering Bernabeu career, Lyon full-back Mendy has signed for Real in a deal worth up to £47.1m.

The French international has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the past two seasons, having been playing in Ligue 2 with Le Havre as recently as 2017.

Having broken into Didier Deschamp’s France side, Mendy is pacey and a strong dribbler, whilst he is a good crosser of the ball once in forward areas.

Released by Paris Saint-Germain as a youngster, at just 24, Mendy can be the long-term solution for Real at left-back.

Rodrygo

Signed for £40m from Santos

A deal agreed in 2018, Brazil forward Rodrygo will join up with Real from Santos this summer.

The 18-year-old is the latest young talent to come through at the Brazilian club, following in the footsteps of the likes of Robinho and Neymar.

A prolific scorer at youth level for the national side, Rodrygo has scored 10 goals in 49 appearances since breaking through at Santos, becoming the youngest Brazilian ever to score in the Copa Libertadores.

Rodrygo will hope to make as immediate an impact as fellow teenage talent Vinicius Junior, who made 31 appearances in all competitions for Real last season after joining from Flamengo.

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