How is Real Madrid going to replace Casemiro? Top 3 CDM options for the club.

Carlos Casemiro has been a true asset to Real Madrid. Having raised his stock through his crucial and consistent performances for the club, Casemiro has established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in world football right now. Finding him a replacement, in the long run, would be a tiresome process for Florentino Perez and co.

Casemiro has been a true representation of Madridismo. He is seen as one of the modern faces of the club and everything it stands for. As such, a replacement for someone as crucial as him will not only need to be a gifted player, they’d also need to be a truly committed servant to the Royal Crest.

The Brazilian has a defined role – structural and organisational as well as technical – and he performs it adeptly as any other who can lay claim to being elite in world football: Sergio Busquets, Nemanja Matic, Xabi Alonso, Fabinho.

Without any of those players, their respective sides suffer. Without Casemiro, Real Madrid can suffer more than most.

But Madrid might look for a player who could step up to become one of such great gifts in the ‘Casemiro role’ and a replacement in the long run.

  1. AS Monaco CDM Aurelien Tchouameni

Riding on the top of the list is a player who has been one of the newer entrants to Real Madrid’s transfer radar. Monaco has been a special club, their youth product Kylian Mbappe has been the most important player on Real’s radar for a couple of seasons now. Tchouameni, however, is a Bordeaux Graduate who now plays for Monaco and is brilliant in what he does on the pitch.

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This season, he has been one of the most consistent performers for Monaco on domestic and European stages. He is a true defensive midfielder with numbers in tackles and interceptions both edging well over two in all competitions. Especially, his long balls are of superb accuracy. He averages 2.9 long balls in the Ligue 1 and 3.7 in the Europa League.

His links with Real Madrid are looking strong as the reports suggest. And the possibility of the transfer happening is highest among all the players on the list. He is indeed a solid central defensive midfielder with a skill set that can help Real Madrid.

  • AC Milan CDM Sandro Tonali

Next on the list, is another 21 year old who has started his season on a flying high with two goals and assist in the season so far. AC Milan’s Sandro Tonali is surely topping the list of scouts who are in search of a great defensive midfielder who comes in handy with attacking plays.

Graduating through the ranks of an impressive Italian Academy at Brescia Calcio, Toni spent a loan on AC Milan before making it a permanent one till 2026. He surely has a lot of years on his contract but the appeal of a club like Real Madrid is what youngsters thrive for.

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Toni has an impressive skill set and he is a great passer of the ball. He particularly loves to send crosses in and relies on a lot on long balls. On the defensive end of things, he is more likely to favour tackles to win possession back, something’s he’s good at. Another of his key strength is taking direct free kicks.

On the European stage, he hasn’t been so lucky this season but in his one start and two very limited appearances, he has tried things out with 1.3 long balls on an average. Overall, he could be a great candidate to replace Casemiro in the long run.

  • Celta Vigo’s Renato Tapia

Real Madrid is reportedly interested in a Peruvian Celta Vigo midfielder as a long term replacement.

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The 26-year-old spent time at Sporting Cristal in his homeland Peru. He has been under the radar of my big clubs and his playing style has a mix of power and technique. His grace, physicality makes him a versatile player. In his short career he has already featured at centre back, defensive and central midfield, as well as occasionally cropping up in almost a number 10 role. Though his strength, aerial ability and defensive capabilities saw him excel in the centre of defence, it is his tenacity, ability to call the ball forward and dribble that suggest that a holding role is probably the position he is best suited to.

Tapia often favours good, accurate long balls, which can be effective when playing for direct, counter-attacking sides. His tracking back is immense and for a defensive player who likes to block and tackle, he can be a great asset to the Madrid side.

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