A little over week after Real Madrid’s stellar win against Chelsea in the Champions League, the Galacticos have emerged once again in pursuit of Antonio Rudiger following a roadblock in negotiations earlier in the year.
Reports from MARCA suggest that Madrid are once again contemplating a summer move for the centre-back, who has also been linked to rivals Barcelona. Rudiger’s agents have reached out to Los Blancos to try and negotiate a move.
Rudiger’s Chelsea contract is due to end this June, but none the German’s many potential suitors have managed to make a lot of progress in negotiating a deal for him due to the exceptionally high contract demands.
The Spanish outlet stated that Rudiger’s entourage was demanding a four-year deal amounting to over 55 million euros in salary and bonuses, a figure that none of the candidates — all elite clubs in Europe — have been able to meet.
In their Champions League quarterfinal encounter, the 29-year-old reportedly impressed Real Madrid despite one slip-up that led to Karim Benzema’s goal.
Factors that may influence Madrid’s approach to him will certainly be whether or not he decides to be flexible with his economic demands, and whether the renewal of Eder Militao is completed easily.
The Whites are very happy with the Brazilian centre-back and are ready to reward him with a decent salary increase. If Rudiger is not willing to compromise, they will not make much of an effort to sign him.
Wages will also be an important factor for Barcelona if they pursue the German, but he may end up getting a lucrative deal with PSG or Juventus.
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.