Real Madrid are reportedly considering a move for RC Lens’ French right-back Jonathan Clauss to replace long-serving defender Dani Carvajal at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to Fichajes.
Clauss began his career at the RC Strasbourg academy before moving on to Vauban Strasbourg, SV Linx, US Raon-l’Etape, US Avranches, Quevilly Rouen, and Arminia Bielefeld before arriving at Lens in the summer of 2020. Since joining the Ligue 1 club, the Frenchman has established himself as one of the greatest right-backs in the country.
Clauss had a strong first season at Lens, scoring three goals and adding seven assists in 34 games across all competitions. And he seems to be on track to beat that total this time around, having already scored two goals and added six assists in only 13 games. Real Madrid, one of the most powerful teams in the world, has reportedly taken notice of his offensive ability.
The Spanish capital club has been guilty of making some poor judgments about their right-back options, leaving them in a bit of a bind. Alvaro Odriozola’s transfer from Real Sociedad never quite worked out for Real Madrid, and he is now on loan at Fiorentina in Serie A. At the same time, the sale of Achraf Hakimi to Inter Milan last year was a tremendous miscalculation.
Carvajal, who is presently the first-choice right-back, has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons and is beginning to show indications of deterioration as a consequence. Los Blancos need to solve the matter as soon as possible since they have no other alternative other than him and a makeshift one in Lucas Vazquez.
This has sparked interest in a number of right-backs, including Manchester City’s Pedro Porro, who is now on loan at Sporting CP, and Chelsea’s Reece James, among others. Clauss has surfaced as a possible replacement for Carvajal at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to the above-mentioned article.
Next summer, the 29-year-old will reach the last year of his contract with Lens, and he might be available for a bargain. Clauss, an inexpensive alternative, might prove to be a savvy addition to the ranks as Real Madrid plans to go big in reinforcing other places in the team. It will be interesting to watch whether the Frenchman’s curiosity turns into anything more meaningful.