Real Madrid sign Drenthe – is Robben next?

Defending Spanish champions Real Madrid signed one of the summer’s hottest prospects, wing-back Royston Drenthe from Dutch club Feyenoord. The club did not give the terms of Drenthe’s transfer but sports daily AS report that a fee of €13 million (US$18 million) was paid for the Netherlands under-21 player. Drenthe adds depth to the squad as he can play at left-back or in midfield as needed. He looks to be a long-term replacement for former left-back Roberto Carlos, who left the club for Turkish club Fenerbache.

Real Madrid play Copa del Rey champion Sevilla in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Aug. 11 and Drenthe should be available for selection though it is unlikely he will start.

There are unconfirmed reports that 23-year-old Chelsea winger Arjen Robben will finally complete a transfer from Chelsea. Robben has been with the London-based club since joining from PSV Eindhoven in 2004 and has scored 19 goals in 104 appearances. New coach Bernd Schuster appears to intent on growing the Dutch contingency at the club as other names being mentioned are Hamburg’s Rafael van der Vaart and Ajax’s midfield dynamo Wesley Sneijder.

Madrid have already added defenders Christoph Metzelder from Borussia Dortmund and Pepe from FC Porto, Argentine striker Javier Saviola from rivals Barcelona and former Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, who is famous for his penalty shootout heroics in the 2005 Champions League finals. Dudek will give Madrid an experienced backup goalkeeper and will push number one Iker Casillas.

25+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, Liga MX, MLS & World Cup
  • Includes ESPN, FOX, Univision, TUDN and more
Favorite Leagues At The Best Price
  • Starting price: $7.99/mo. for Live TV Package
  • Watch Argentine league, Brasileirāo and Copa Libertadores
  • Includes beIN SPORTS, GolTV, TyC Sports and more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, Copa del Rey & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
Live TV, Soccer & Originals
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo.
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & more
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
Get All 3 And Save 30%
  • $13.99/mo. for ESPN+, Disney+ & Hulu
  • Includes Bundesliga, LaLiga, NHL & the home to UFC
  • Features Marvel, Star Wars + shows & movies for your entire family

Leave a Reply

Translate »