Real Madrid have completed their very first January signing in young River Plate star Exequiel Palacios.
The twenty-year-old midfielder is regarded a person of the greatest young skills in South American football and wasn’t quick of admirers.
Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan have been amid those joined with moves for Palacios.
But Real gained the race for Palacios’ signature with 6 months to go before the wintertime transfer window opens.
The European champions will invest over €20m for the youngster to River Plate, who reluctantly agreed to offer.
For that reason, Palacios will get there at Madrid in January and set pen to paper on a 5-12 months deal.
Palacios comes from a town identified as Famaillá in Argentina with all around only 22,924 inhabitants.
Nonetheless, his moms and dads quickly moved to Buenos Aires in San Martín – in which he commenced his football vocation at Junta Vecinal José Ingenieros.
Afterwards on, Palacios joined River Plate and made his senior level debut in Argentina’s Primera División in November 2015 at 17 a long time old.
Right after 45 minutes against Newell’s Old Boys, Palacios had to wait a different 5 months for additional senior level action.
But Palacios’ prospective was very clear from the start and he is now a valued member of River Plate.
The Argentine has managed four goals and 5 assists throughout 38 appearances in all competitions.
Palacios even rejected an offer you to sign up for Serie A club Torino final 12 months and attained his very first two caps for the Argentina senior team in September 2018.
Interestedly, the youngster idolises Real Madrid midfield duo Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
Other players he admires are Lucho González along with Andrés Iniesta and Lionel Messi.
How will Palacios suit in at Real Madrid?
In contrast to idols Kroos and Modric, Palacios is a distinctive kind of central midfielder.
“El Temple” is a specialist for thieving the ball and has a knack of locating areas inside of the opposition defence.
Palacios also features a passing precision of 80% in the Primera División this season.
In spite of his young age, the Argentine is not afraid of large problems and typically attempts his luck at extended-array shots.
Observers have as opposed him to Boca Juniors legend Juan Román Riquelme, who also performed for Barcelona and Villarreal.
Palacios even showcased a temperament for the large situation with an excellent display screen in River Plate’s Gran Clásico 2- win over Boca in September.
Switching to European football and having in the minutes at Real will stand for a large new challenge for Palacios.
The South American will contend with Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Isco, Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos for a midfield place.
Nonetheless, new Real manager Santiago Solari has tested with Vinicius Junior that he is not afraid to hand a young player an opportunity.
And obviously Los Blancos believe that Palacios can make a fast effect by signing him in advance of the next part of this season.
So while options may be tricky to appear by at the start, Palacios looks set to play a crucial role for Real in the latter levels of the campaign.