Rather wise this summer, as often in recent years, Real Madrid claims to have already completed its transfer window. While waiting to see if this statement is verified, here is the point on the transfers already registered or to come in the Real Madrid transfer window with the formalizations and the various rumors of departures and arrivals.
Two nice official shots
Author of the Champions League-Liga double at the end of the season marking the great return of Carlo Ancelotti on the bench, Real Madrid did not experience any major start this summer and the time is therefore not for the big revolution. The Merengue have however formalized two major reinforcements.
Free at the end of his contract at Chelsea and courted by many European leaders such as Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Juventus, Antonio Rüdiger has thus signed up for 4 years in favor of Casa Blanca. Considered one of the best in the world in his position, the German central defender thus imitates David Alaba, also recruited for free a year earlier and who should now take advantage of his versatility to slide into the left lane following this arrival.
The other big blow of this Real Madrid transfer window is the arrival of Aurélien Tchouaméni from AS Monaco. The Merengue did not hesitate to pay 100 million euros, including 20 million euros in bonuses, to get their hands on the French midfielder, whom PSG tried to change his mind until the last time, to no avail.
The Mbappé failure already digested
The Real Madrid transfer window had however started with a huge blow: the non-arrival of Kylian Mbappé. While he had been inclined for months to realize his childhood dream by joining Real Libre at the end of his contract with PSG, the striker gave up and preferred to extend in the club of his city to general surprise. This turnaround was badly experienced by Real, but you should never say never and the paths of the two parties could well have the opportunity to cross again in the future…
Even if rumors have circulated, like Serge Gnabry, who finally extended to Bayern Munich, Real will not a priori seek to compensate for the abortive arrival of Mbappé. “We’re not going to sign anyone else. We’re fine like this“, thus swore in mid-July Ancelotti who would think of recycling Eden Hazard in number nine as lining of the irremovable Karim Benzema. This does not prevent some recent hallway noise leading to Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig) and Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad).
Extensions to console yourself…
In the absence of many arrivals, Real Madrid shields its captains one by one. At almost 37, midfielder Luka Modric has extended for a year, until June 2023. Central defender Éder Militão (2028) should follow. This will especially be the case for wingers Vinicius Junior (2026) and Rodrygo (2028), who will see their release clause increase to 1 billion euros!
And the cracks of tomorrow in the viewfinder
Like Vinicius and Rodrygo, who arrived very young, Real also continue to target young South American nuggets. Among them, headlining the Brazilian striker Matheus Nascimento (18 years old, Botafogo), presented as the future successor to Benzema, but also striker Endrick (Brazilian, 15 years old, Palmeiras) and attacking midfielder Gonzalo Sosa (Argentinian, 17 years old, Racing Club), 2 cracks also courted by the PSG. The most confirmed Jude Bellingham (Dortmund) is also among the targets but rather for the summer of 2023.
The departure of the historical
On the departure side, Real has decided not to extend left-back Marcelo, who left free after 16 years at the club. The same goes for winger Gareth Bale, who took advantage of his situation to bounce back at Los Angeles FC in Major League Soccer. Finally, attacking midfielder Isco, who arrived in 2013 and who generally struggled to establish himself, also left at the end of his lease.
The degreasing has started
Two players pushed to the exit have already officially packed their bags. On the one hand, attacking midfielder Takefusa Kubo. Torn around from loan to loan at Mallorca, Villarreal and Getafe, the Japanese prodigy did not convince and he was sold to Real Sociedad for 6.5 million euros. On the other hand, the flop Luka Jovic, recruited for 60 million euros 3 years ago. The striker was transferred for free to Fiorentina but Real will receive 50% on a possible future resale.
Always unwanted radius, midfield Dani Ceballos, followed by Betis Sevilla and available for 10 million euros, should follow. After two mixed years on loan to Borussia Dortmund, attacking midfielder Reinier Jesus should again be temporarily transferred.
The situation is more blurred for attackers Mariano Diaz and Borja Mayoral, potential understudy for Benzema. The first is quite clearly pushed towards the exit but could cling to his last year of contract, while the second, returned from a loan to Getafe, is sometimes presented as entering into Ancelotti’s plans sometimes as an undesirable. His absence from the American tour helps to increase doubts as Celta Vigo, Getafe, AS Roma, Bologna and promoted Monza are announced in the ranks.
Finally, a surprise cannot be ruled out with the left side Ferland Mendy, holder last season but possibly pushed to the bench by the slippage of Alaba and therefore possible starter.
Kroos and Asensio, the sensitive files of the transfer window of Real Madrid
Under contract until June 2023, midfielder Toni Kroos refused to extend immediately and will not make his decision until the end of the season. In the process, rumors even reported a desire to leave immediately on the part of the 32-year-old German, but nothing went in this direction and his relationship with the leaders finally seems very good.
This is not necessarily the case, however, for Marco Asensio. Failing to reach an agreement to extend his contract which expires in a year, the attacking midfielder was placed on the market for 25-30 million euros and Liverpool, Arsenal, AC Milan and Juventus Turin have shown interest. Problem: the Spaniard would rather have the idea of scratching playing time this season in order to change his leaders’ minds or to negotiate a better contract as a free player in a year. It remains to be seen who will have the last word.