Having pulled off a masterstroke with the Bosman signing of David Alaba last summer, Real Madrid are set to repeat the trick again in the upcoming window.
Indeed, Real Madrid have an agreement in place to sign Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer when his contract with the Blues runs out at the end of next month.
The German international has easily been one of the best defenders across Europe over the past year and a half. He played a key role in Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League triumph last term and helped them to the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup titles this season.
The Premier League giants were trying hard to tie the ex-AS Roma centre-back down to a new contract. However, the sanctions imposed on the club by the UK Government meant they could not negotiate a new deal with Rudiger, who in turn reached an agreement with Real Madrid.
The Merengues were not the only club interested in Rudiger. The 29-year-old had a plethora of teams chasing his signing ahead of next season.
Indeed, Diario AS reports that both Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich presented the centre-half with much better offers than Real Madrid.
The report adds that Bayern Munich, in particular, tried to ‘torpedo’ Real Madrid’s operation late on, following their elimination from the UEFA Champions League at the hands of La Liga side Villarreal.
However, Rudiger snubbed the proposals from the French and the German title-winners in order to join the newly-crowned La Liga champions instead.
The report states that the Chelsea superstar will be signing a contract worth €6.8 million per year with Real Madrid that will run until the summer of 2026.
An elite defender with plenty of experience at the highest level, Rudiger has the potential to be an excellent signing for Carlo Ancelotti & co.
Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club
In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.
But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.
It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.
Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.
And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.
Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.
The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.
Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.