Leonardo Balerdi

Boca Juniors and River Plate have come to play at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this weekend, but Real Madrid have often attended these teams’ matches in Buenos Aires.

Juni Calafat, the club’s head of international football, has been at La Bombonera several times and has had two objectives.

One has been to follow Colombian midfielder Wilmar Barrios and the other has been to monitor young centre-back Leonardo Balerdi.

The 19-year-old has debuted with the senior Boca Juniors team, although he isn’t yet at the level where he is considered for huge matches like this Sunday’s Copa Libertadores final second leg.

As a young, talented and brave player, he ticks all of the boxes for Real Madrid, who continue to try to sign the best young talent from around the world.

Barcelona and Juventus have also scouted him and have even reached the point of presenting offers for the Argentina Under-20s international, although no agreement has been reached.

Real Madrid continue to watch him and are always keen to add promising youngsters, as is also the case with River Plate’s Exequiel Palacios.


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