Without doubt, the biggest transfer of the summer was the incredible move from Juventus to capture the signature of Cristiano Ronaldo (£9.39) ahead of the new Serie A season. A move was seemingly in the pipeline for some time following Ronaldo’s comments at the conclusion of the Champions League Final but the move was still none the less very surprising.
News of the move sent shockwaves across the globe and immediately saw Los Blancos linked with dozens of players to be Ronaldo’s replacement. We’ve seen links all summer long for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (£7.06), yet with the Premier League transfer window shut, Chelsea surely won’t countenance a sale now. Then there was supposed interest in Bayern Munich’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski (£3.51), with the number 9 supposedly pushing for the move himself and finally, there have been strong links with Inter Milan’s Argentine Mauro Icardi (£3.95) to lead the line. Yet as of today, Florentino Perez has not replaced Ronaldo with anybody, with him and new manager Julen Lopetegui seemingly happy with the current personnel.
The last few years at the Bernabeu has all been about the BBC, Gareth Bale (£7.24), Karim Benzema (£2.02) and Cristiano Ronaldo (£9.39) but are we now in the cusp of a new era? The rise of the BBA? If preseason is anything to go by it looks like Lopetegui is more than happy to thrust gifted youngster Marco Asensio (£4.99) into a starting berth alongside Bale and Benzema.
The young Spaniard is one of the most exciting talents in World Football so it should be little surprise that Los Blancos are ready to trust him for the new season. As you would expect, Football INDEX has thrown its full weight behind the apparent new front three after the departure of Ronaldo. In fact, Asensio (£5.00) is currently trading at a share price that is a huge £1.77 up in the last month alone. It’s a similar scenario for the Welshman Bale who is up £1.58 in the last month to his current share price of £7.24. Whilst Karim Benzema is also up £0.77 in the last month to his current all-time high price of £2.02. To put this in some perspective had you purchased 100 shares in the BBA at there lowest in the last month you would already be looking at a profit of £412 in just a month.
Preseason can, of course, be no predictor of what is to come for the European Champions but all indications are that we are on the cusp of a new era at the Bernabeu. All eyes will be on the team sheet for UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday and then La Liga kick off against Getafe on Sunday. Are you on the BBA?
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