Four Real Madrid players who could leave in the final days of the transfer window
Less than four days remain before the summer transfer window of 2022 closes. But, there are unlikely to be any late incomings at Real Madrid.
The Merengues did their business early by signing Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger, and manager Carlo Ancelotti has since continued to insist that there will be no new players arriving, despite the need for a new centre-forward.
Instead, the focus will be on player exits, which has been the case for much of the window so far. Indeed, Real Madrid have already sold a host of players this summer and are likely to part ways with a few more before the window slams shut.
The most high-profile name on the list, Marco Asensio finds himself close to the exit doors at the Santiago Bernabeu. Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Real Madrid will let the winger leave if a good offer arrives and interest in the Spaniard is rising from the Premier League.
Teams like Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked, while AC Milan are also an option, although their interest has seemingly receded in recent days. With the 26-year-old in the final year of his contract and no longer favoured, a departure would make sense for all parties involved.
Another player who no longer belongs in the plans of manager Ancelotti and has been told to find a new club for himself, Mariano Diaz should be on his way out of the Bernabeu in the next few days. He has been attracting interest from a host of La Liga clubs but has been reluctant to leave.
However, there has been a change in his stance in recent weeks, with an exit looking more and more likely. The 29-year-old is reportedly keen on leaving the club on a free transfer by terminating his contract, but Los Blancos are reluctant to sanction that operation. So, it remains to be seen how things pan out.
The Real Madrid academy graduate finds himself way down the pecking order of things at the club this season. Indeed, he is the fifth-choice centre-back at the Bernabeu, with Eder Militao, David Alaba, Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez all ahead of him.
Despite that, he wants to stay at the club even though there are no prospects for him in terms of playing time. So, with there being some interest from clubs in La Liga, Vallejo could decide to move on in the final stages of the transfer window.
The final name on the list is another defender who has not been a part of the plans at Real Madrid for a few years now. After having spent the last season away on loan at Fiorentina, Alvaro Odriozola is back at the Spanish capital club but does not belong in the scheme of things.
Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez and even Vinicius Tobias are ahead of the Spanish right-back and the club are working to find a solution for his future before the window closes. There has been some degree of interest from clubs in Italy and England, while former club Real Sociedad could also be a destination.
Five summer transfer operations that Real Madrid are currently working on
With renewed energy, Real Madrid approach the summer transfer window oozing optimism. The air in the Spanish capital is filled with anticipation as Los Blancos prepare to embark on a new chapter — one that promises to bring numerous changes and opportunities.
Following the exits of several high profile names, with the most recent departure of Karim Benzema leaving a gargantuan void in the front-line, Madrid are necessitated to act swiftly in the window. They are reportedly set to prepare for a revolutionary summer.
Currently, Los Blancos maintain emphasis on five operations that hold priority. These are as follows:
The English starboy with the world at his feet continues to be one of football’s hottest commodities. Bellingham has amassed considerable interest from Europe’s top sides, but appears to be closest to striking a deal with Real Madrid.
While the player had no shortage of suitors, his desire to play for the Royal Whites has given Madrid a very realistic chance of obtaining the teenage sensation’s signature.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid aspire to complete details of Jude Bellingham’s deal next week. Talks are in the final stages, with add-ons as well as the €100m fixed fee to BVB.
In spite of his high price tag, Bellingham has bedazzled at the tender age of 19, having also won the Bundesliga player of the season. Strengthening the squad with a talent as renowed as him is bound to engender energy in the midfield department next season.
Karim Benzema’s exit has given rise to several top class strikers being linked with Madrid, but Kane’s name stands out most remarkably. The English forward enjoyed a spectacular season with Tottenham Hotspur, despite the club’s collective shortcomings.
Los Blancos face a whopping price tag of €120 million due to the player’s significance for Spurs, but possess an edge in negotiations, owing to the absence of a direct domestic conflict.
According to Jose Felix Diaz, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is willing to let Harry Kane leave, as long as his next destination is outside of England.
Kane has established himself as one of the world’s most demanded forwards. Interest from Real Madrid particularly makes sense, with how many stylistic similarities he possesses with Benzema.
The forward is adept at dropping deep and linking plays, while also possesses an incredible eye for goal. Kane ended the Premier League season as the second top scorer, scoring 30.
The German international appears to already have one foot in the Spanish capital. Havertz has garnered great interest from Perez, who will be tasked with filling a barren front-line, where Rodrygo and Vinicius are the only two forwards remaining at the club.
The 23 year old was signed by a grand figure of €80 million, but failed to live up to expectations. With a difficult period at the English club, Chelsea would not present much resistance if an adequate offer is presented.
However, Chelsea are reportedly demanding Madrid to put a figure of around €60 million to sign Havertz, which by no means is an amount the Merengues throw around lightly.
Still, Havertz has proven to be a talented youngster when the conditions favour him. At Bayer Leverkusen, he soared to incredible heights. The player is also well acquainted with the German players in Madrid’s squad, which will ease the adaptation process.
While Madrid yearn to reconstruct most of their attack, the club have not abandoned the defensive side of the squad and particularly appear interested in bolstering the left-back position, where Davies has emerged as a potential signing.
As Ferland Mendy faces an almost imminent departure or, at the very least, a demotion in the pecking order, Davies looks to be the chosen one to reinforce the area.
The Bayern Munich left-back is one of the world’s most productive full-backs as he has undeniably proven to be one of the Bavarians’ main assets.
According to Spanish outlet MARCA, Madrid have contacted the German side in hopes of sealing a deal. The reported figure is expected to exceed €60-70 million.
Moreover, Alphonso Davies has dual citizenship, Canadian & Liberian and with the Cotonou agreement, he doesn’t take a NON-EU slot in the squad.
Joselu has been one of the most mentioned links with Madrid ahead of the summer transfer window. As Madrid are willing to especially beef up their attacking depth, the Espanyol man would prove to be a solid buy.
After bidding farewell to Mariano and Asensio, the need for a reliable back-up striker exists in the squad. In such a context, Joselu would aid the depth department.
The Spaniard ended the league season as the third top scorer, securing an impressive 16 goals. Despite Espanyol’s relegation, he looked to be one of the few bright spots in a struggling side.
To successfully reinforce the squad, Real Madrid aim to create a formidable lineup capable of competing at the highest level. They are targeting both established stars and young individuals, believing that a blend of experience and potential will formulate a well-rounded squad.
Following a bucketload of player exits as well as failures in La Liga and Champions League, the club believe a transformative phase is essential to move forward.