After lifting their 14th Champions League title Real Madrid wasted no time in bolstering their winning squad. After Real Madrid’s long-term target Kylian Mbappe decided to sign a new contract with Paris Saint Germain for 3 years. Los Blancos immediately shifted their focus to strengthening other parts of the field. After failing to snatch up Mbappe Los Blancos had a bank of money to splash in the transfer market. They decided to spend it wisely, let’s look at how the Real Madrid transfer window has fared till now.
Signings For Los Blancos
Antonio Rudiger From Chelsea
Real Madrid’s defense was touted to be very fragile with the departure of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane in the same transfer window. Los Blancos trusted a young Eder Militao and was able to sign versatile David Alaba from Bayern Munich. Madrid’s defense looked solid in the first parts of the season but as the season grew things started to shake up a bit. It was important for Los Blancos to sign a quality defender for the following season. Rudiger was on Madrid’s Wishlist but things came to stall after Real considered his wage demands too high.
Chelsea announced Rudiger will not be renewing his contract and Los Blancos was quick to act on it. They lured away the star from Stamford Bridge to Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid faced stiff competition from Barcelona, Manchester United, and Juventus but the defender had only Chelsea or Los Blancos in his mind. Rudiger signed a four-year contract valid until 2026 and would earn around €400,000 (£340,000) a week. Rudiger would make Real Madrid’s defense more solid and hard to break.
Aurelien Tchouameni from AS Monaco
It’s no secret that the iconic trio of KCM (Kroos(32) Casemiro (30) and Modric (36) are not having age on their side. In spite of the aging like a fine wine, there would come a time when they have to be replaced. Real Madrid already started to plan the future without them. With the emergence of Castilla graduate Federico Valverde and French wonder kid Eduardo Camavinga, the work is progressing in the right direction.
Los Blancos were looking for a replacement for Casemiro for a long and they finally found one in the name of Aurelien Tchouameni. He has been a revelation in European football in the past 2 years. The 22-year-old tall physical pacy midfielder was on the radar of many top European clubs like Liverpool and PSG but the young Frenchmen had his heart set on joining Los Blancos. Real Madrid was able to sign Tchouameni for 80 million upfront and 20 million in an add-on deal with AS Monaco. The Frenchmen signed a 6-year contract valid until 2028 and would earn around 6 million euros per year. With the signing of Tchouameni Los Blancos has finally found the missing part of the puzzle in the midfield and has secured their future.
Departures for Real Madrid
The most decorated player in Real Madrid’s history Marcelo Veira bid adieu to his illustrious 16-year-long successful career at Real Madrid after the expiration of his contract. The veteran has won the most titles in Real Madrid history. His trophy count extends to 25 after winning the most recent Champions League. The Brazilian arrived in the Spanish capital in 2006 as a replacement to club legend Roberto Carlos. He was able to fulfill the role of what he was expected to in his decade and a half-long career at Los Blancos.
The veteran has racked up some impressive numbers at Real Madrid. He has the second-most appearances for the club among foreign players (546). He has scored 38 times and provided 103 assists during his Bernabeu career. Marcelo also became Real Madrid’s first foreign captain since Guatemalan Federico Revuelto in 1903-04 after Sergio Ramos left the club last summer. According to recent news, Serie A club Lazio is interested in acquiring the services of the Brazilian.
Isco Alarcon Suarez bid goodbye to his 9 years long stay at Real Madrid after winning his 5th Champions League. Former Malaga midfielder and the 2012 Golden Boy earned himself a move to Los Blancos in the summer of 2013. Isco went on to win 18 major trophies including 5 Champions League, 3 La Liga, 1 Copa Del Rey, and 4 FIFA Club World Cup titles. The former Malaga star featured 352 times for Los Blancos scoring 53 times and assisting 56 times.
Isco’s form started to decline after the 2018 Champions League winning campaign he struggled with injuries. This led to a decline in form and has struggled since to be back on the team regularly under every manager. There is no doubt about the potential that Isco still has which was visible whenever he played under Ancelotti last season. The Spaniard just needs some regular game time and confidence to get back to his usual best. According to recent reports, Sevilla is very close to striking a deal with Isco.
Record-breaking 100 million euro signing from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for Real Madrid. The Welshman Gareth Bale finally ended his controversial career at Real Madrid after running down his contract. The Welshman arrived at Santiago Bernabeu after Los Blancos failed to land Neymar in the summer of 2013. Real Madrid splashed 100 million euros for the Cardiff-born winger. The amount of money not only brought pressure but criticism from the outset.
Gareth Bale won 19 trophies which include 5 Champions League, 3 La Liga, 3 UEFA Super Cup, 1 Copa Del Rey, and 3 Spanish Super Cup. Gareth Bale would be remembered by all Real Madrid fans for his wonderful and decisive goals. For example – his unforgettable header in the Champions League final in Lisbon, etc. Gareth Bale decided to join MLS football in America signing for Los Angeles FC on a one-year contract.
Luka Jovic’s bitter time at Real Madrid came to an end this summer. The Serbian striker never lived up to the expectations at Los Blancos. Real Madrid paid a huge sum of 60 million euros to Eintracht Frankfurt for the Serbian in the summer of 2019 and now 3 years later he leaves for free for Serie A club Fiorentina. Los Blancos gain no immediate transfer fee but has included a 50% future sell-on clause on the Serbian. Real Madrid has taken off 30 million euros of the wage bill that they had to pay for the remaining 3 years of the Serbian’s contract.
Take Kubo nicknamed Japanese Messi joined Los Blancos in the summer of 2019 from FC Tokyo. He has always found himself in a disadvantageous position due to the attacking prowess which Los Blancos possesses. Also because of the availability of only 3 Non-European slots. The Japanese forward has had two temporary loan stints with RCD Mallorca, where he spent the last season, along with spells at Getafe and Villarreal.
Real Sociedad has had its eyes on Kubo for a long time and had made failed attempts to sign him on loan in the past. The 21-year-old Japanese ace will be joining Real Sociedad on a permanent transfer in a deal worth 6 million euros. However, Real Madrid will retain 50% rights of the player and will receive half of any proceeds from the player’s future sale.
Potential Signings for Los Blancos
Los Blancos are not interested in signing any player currently. The club’s intention is to focus on departures and clearing the wage bills. Real Madrid has a transfer market strategy which is not to sign mediocre players but to invest in youngsters. Los Blancos believes in investing in the high potential of a player who can become one of the great.
Another player which is linked to Los Blancos is talented young Englishmen Jude Bellingham. Borussia Dortmund is unwilling to let him go this summer. Another area where Real Madrid would look to reinforce is the striker position. They are looking for a quality backup for star striker Karim Benzema. Los Blancos has been linked to French International RB Leipzig striker Nkunku. To their disappointment, he recently signed a new contract with his club. (RB Leipzig)
Potenial Exits for Los Blancos
With the transfer window still running up to September 1st, a lot more movement is expected within the Los Blancos squad.
The name on the front list of all departures is Marco Asensio. Many clubs Targeting him Clubs like AC Milan and Newcastle United are interested in signing the Spaniard but there has been no formal bid for Asensio yet. His agent Jorge Mendes is still finding the perfect club for him which meets his salary and playing demands. Asensio has only 1 year left in his contract with Real Madrid. Ancelotti’s side hasn’t offered him a contract renewal yet and they would not want to lose the player on free next summer.
The next name on the list is Dani Ceballos. The talented Spaniard is concerned about the lack of playing time under Ancelotti’s previous season. The Spaniard doesn’t seem convinced of him having a future at Real Madrid. With the likes of Valverde, Camavinga, and Tchouameni ahead of him in the pecking order. The Spaniard may leave in search of regular football keeping the World Cup in Qatar in mind. He is linked with his boyhood club Real Betis. Los Blancos are demanding 10-15 million euros for the Spaniard which Betis are reluctant to pay.
Another young talented Brazilian Reinier Jesus is going out on loan. After impressing Carlo Ancelotti in the pre-season, unfortunately, the Brazilian has to leave due to the non-EU spots already taken by Vinicius, Rodrygo, and Militao. Jesus has been linked to the Portuguese club Benfica. He has been linked to his former club Brazilian giants Flamengo.
Another player who is on the list of outgoing is Mariano Diaz the Dominican Republic striker. Los Blancos signed Mariano in a 30 million euro deal with Lyon in the summer of 2018. He was signed as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo but has barely been able to fill the club legend’s boots and has become a deadweight player. The main reason why Real cannot offload him is his huge salary which no clubs can afford. Madrid Diaz leaves for a decent transfer fee this season.
Another Spaniard Borja Mayoral could leave Real Madrid in search of regular football. The 25-year-old Spanish striker rose through the ranks of Los Blancos academy and has spent almost his entire senior career on loans at different clubs. Carlo Ancelotti is keen on the idea of keeping Mayoral as a backup striker for Benzema but the Spaniard is open to the idea of leaving in search of regular game time. Celta Vigo Getafe and Bologna are all interested in signing the striker and Real Madrid could let go of him if a suitable offer arrives.
Until and unless there are no more major departures we can not see Real Madrid active in the Transfer Market.
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