The 2021/22 campaign has been a successful one for Real Madrid, with the Merengues already winning the La Liga title and the Spanish Supercup, while they can still lift the UEFA Champions League trophy as well.
But, despite the success, it goes without saying that investment will be needed in the squad over the summer to maintain this level of consistency over an extended period.
Antonio Rudiger is all set to arrive on a free transfer to strengthen the defence, while Kylian Mbappe could also join on a Bosman deal to bolster the frontline. As for the midfield department, Los Blancos have enough depth and quality, but a new face could be added nevertheless.
The name of AS Monaco ace Aurelien Tchouameni has been doing the rounds for quite some time now. The 22-year-old Frenchman has established himself as one of the best central midfielders in France over the past couple of years.
Tchouameni is primed to leave the Ligue 1 outfit in the upcoming summer, with Real Madrid and several other clubs touted as potential destinations.
And now, speaking on his YouTube channel, journalist Ramon Alvarez de Mon has claimed that the former Bordeaux midfielder wants to join Real Madrid in the next transfer window.
However, he goes on to claim that while Los Blancos are interested, they are yet to make a decision on signing Tchouameni, with the transfer on standby as things stand.
Tchouameni showed his quality in Monaco’s recent game against LOSC Lille, scoring a brace to help his team to a 2-1 victory. While he has proven himself to be an adept performer in the box-to-box role, the 22-year-old can also play as a holding midfielder.
His acquisition would fetch Real Madrid an alternative and a long-term replacement for Casemiro. However, as things stand, the Merengues are still undecided about the move. It remains to be seen if their stance changes in the coming weeks.
Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”
Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.
Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.
The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.
But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.
“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.
Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.
The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.
Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.