Real Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Barcelona in Sunday’s El Clasico may have raised hopes around Bernabeu, but there is still a feeling that the Meringuez team is far from the strength of previous Real teams. It is clear that in the forthcoming transition window, the real one needs to invest heavily to get back to its best. Fans can buy El Clasico tickets from our website.

Barca, of course, needs an overhaul even more, with Ronald Koeman’s future uncertain and many areas of the first team in need of upgrades.

Achraf Hakimi El Clasico
Achraf Hakimi

In this feature, Goal heads the recruitment for the Clasico duo and recommends five African players who can help them return to the heights of the world game.

Achraf Hakimi

Right-back is a weakness for Real Madrid, with Lucas Vazquez continuing to play his part. He is competing admirably – and trapping the winner against Barcelona – but it remains to be seen whether this is a long-term solution.

Hakimi’s return to Real Madrid feels like it has been written in the stars, although it is not a move that should be rushed anytime soon due to the recent move by Morocco’s Wideman to Paris Saint-Germain.

The North African kept no secret of his love for Real and his desire to one day complete his unfinished business.

Wesley Fofana

Fofana may be on the injury list in Leicester City at the moment. But the quality they have already demonstrated in Prem should put him on the radar of both Spanish giants. Barca has conceded 38 goals in the past, while the defence has been a problem for both sides ever since.

Fofana offers more experience on both clubs’ books than some of the crude cheaters, while he still has some of his best years left, and he could be a viable successor to Gerard Pack’s choice.

Wesley Fofana El Clasico
Wesley Fofana

He is easy on the ball, and his technical prowess can lend itself to Spanish football.

Yousefa Mokoko

Mokoko, the youngest player to play in either the Bundesliga or the Champions League, ended his first season in the top flight with three goals in 14 league games, although it would have been more if he had not been injured.

Sure, it’s a long way off from the finished article, but it’s the kind of skill that can be improved at Barca to become a complete package.

Samuel Eto’o once said that Mokoko would be his choice to succeed Messi and that while he had a long way to go, he could one day help start a new era for the Catalan giants.

Ibrahim Sangare

At the moment, the midfield base is not one of Barca’s various problems. However, Sergio Busquets – currently 33 – cannot go on forever, and not too long ago, the Camp Nine Giants would need a long-term successor to the midfield base.

Could that man be PSV Eindhoven’s Sangare?

He has averaged 3.5 tackles per match in Dutch top flight in recent times, read plays effectively, and uses the ball intelligently. The former Toulouse man is the kind of signature that won’t break the bank and could be part of Barca’s reconstruction.

Jeremy Boga

Despite Barca’s transfer concerns, he could certainly afford the reported € 20 million that Sassuolo Wideman is believed to be demanding for Boga.

 Jeremy Boga El Clasico
Jeremy Boga

He could be a substitute for the potential cut price for the injured Ousmane Dembele – who should be leaving later in January – and his dribbling ability and technical ability will give fans something to be excited about.

Despite constant links to the Premier League return – Chelsea, Everton, Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, and West Ham United have all been linked with a move to Boga in recent years – he remains ready for a step up in his career.

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