Opinion: Evaluating a move to Borussia Dortmund for Real Madrid’s Sergio Arribas

Sergio Arribas. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
Sergio Arribas. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images) /
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Sergio Arribas has impressed for Real Madrid Castilla
Sergio Arribas has impressed for Real Madrid Castilla. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images) /

Sergio Arribas set to take the next step in his career

For the sake of his own development, now seems like the ideal time for Arribas to make the next step up. He got his first exposure in Real Madrid’s senior team under Zinedine Zidane a few years ago, but should no longer be deemed as a young teenager grateful for a few minutes with the big boys.

On a personal level, it is time for him to get regular minutes with a club that can offer him that at the top level. From Madrid’s perspective, they may not feel comfortable to let go of Arribas on a permanent transfer, but instead go the route of sending him out on a lengthy loan or have a buyback clause inserted in a deal if they do sell him.

If reports are to be believed, the 22 year old could have a plethora of options to choose from. According to speculation, RB Leipzig, Frankfurt, Bayern Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund could all be possible destinations for the Spaniard.

Analysing from a Borussia Dortmund perspective, I will look at the possible reasons for and against the club signing Sergio Arribas.

One catalyst in brokering a deal with Real Madrid could be the healthy working relationship between the two sides. The recent transfer of Jude Bellingham to Real Madrid, Nuri Sahin a decade ago, Reinier and Achraf Hakimi’s two year loan moves to BVB are examples of this. As well as this, Dortmund are notoriously known as a side capable of developing youth prospects into commodities – which would fit Real Madrid’s vision for Arribas without having the burden of developing him themselves.

Whilst Carlo Ancelotti has been quite frugal with using Castilla players, it makes little sense for Arribas to stick around in the near future. Also, the Italian operates with a 4-3-3 system and already has a very wealthy list of midfield options to choose from next season. Edin Terzic’s usual 4-2-3-1/4-1-4-1 system would certainly offer Arribas more opportunities to develop in familiar positions, whether it be as a number ten or on the wing.