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Rating Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid’s summer transfer window

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Every year, the world of football lights up with a special buzz between July and September. The summer transfer window may be the most stressful period for club offices and media, but it is also the most entertaining and anticipated part of the year for fans.

Over the past three months, offices at Santiago Bernabeu worked day and night to oversee a perfect summer transfer window. The recent window will go down as a historical one, for it not only saw many legends depart the club but also witnessed the arrival of players who can define an era.

Meanwhile, the Atletico Madrid offices have been no less busy. Diego Simeone’s side had a relatively conservative yet effective transfer window that could change the entire equation in the La Liga race.

Madrid Universal brings you a comprehensive review of both the Madrid side’s activity in the recently concluded window.

Real Madrid

Arrivals

Antonio Rudiger: 8/10

Signing a UEFA Champions League-winning defender is a move that can seldom go wrong. To do the same on a free transfer is a bargain.

Rudiger is a player who will not only bring physicality but also a sense of fearlessness to Real Madrid’s back line. More importantly, his versatility is a key that unlocks numerous tactical possibilities in Ancelotti’s roster.

The German international can play as a centre-back alongside Eder Militao, helping David Alaba return to his natural position of left-back. Alternatively, Rudiger himself is capable of playing at left-back.

All in all, a practical signing that goes a long way in improving the depth of Los Blancos’ squad.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 9/10

Madrid’s next midfield maestro. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Real Madrid initially signed the youngster to be Casemiro’s deputy for the coming season. The club hoped that he would eventually replace the Brazilian legend and take over the reins in holding midfield.

However, the tables turned when Casemiro left the Spanish side anti-climactically. All of a sudden, Tchouameni is a regular member of the starting lineup and has big shoes to fill.

In his first few games as a Madrid player, the Frenchman has been spectacular. His defensive play and work rate have been on point since day one. Additionally, he has shown a mature understanding of his role and possesses a spark in his attacking contributions too.

The price tag of €100 million may be off-putting, but the Frenchman will definitely be worth it.

Departures

Casemiro: 7/10

Perhaps the most shocking move of the entire summer transfer window was Casemiro’s move to Manchester United. What began as an overlooked proposal from the Premier League side slowly grew into a possibility. Eventually, the Brazilian made the switch to England amidst heavy criticism.

From Real Madrid’s point of view, parting ways with the midfielder is difficult. The veteran carried the club’s defensive midfield for close to a decade and was a key component of all of Real Madrid’s successes.

Yet, this is the best departure the club could hope for. Los Blancos managed to recover €70 million for a 30-year-old player in a move that can not be considered a bad decision by any means. Moreover, Real Madrid already have a replacement in place for the veteran.

Luka Jovic: 8/10

Rating Jovic’s move away from the Bernabeu is a difficult task.

On the one hand, the Serbian international had no role in the team under Ancelotti. It was very clear from the first day that he did not have the quality to succeed at Real Madrid, and the statistics show it.

Last season, Jovic made only 15 appearances for the club, scoring one goal and providing three assists. Quite clearly, he was not the replacement to Benzema, the club are looking for, and an exit would suit all parties involved.

He eventually joined Fiorentina on a free transfer last month. While the move does clear space on the wage bill, one cannot help but think of the €60 million that Real Madrid spent on his transfer three years ago.

In conclusion, a vital departure that is relieving but could have been on better economic terms.

Isco: 8/10

The Spanish star’s contract with Real Madrid expired in June, and he eventually joined Sevilla on a two-year deal.

Though Isco was a crucial part of Real Madrid’s setup under Zinedine Zidane, his career saw a sharp decline in the past two seasons. He saw barely any game time under Carlo Ancelotti, a clear message that his time at Real Madrid was over.

Once again, the club could have tried to sell him earlier and recover some monetary compensation. Nevertheless, a vital departure to clear the deadwood.

Gareth Bale: 9/10

Legend, but long time coming. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

The Welsh international was quite frankly inexistent in his final years at the club. Despite being on the bench, Bale was never called on to play, even in the direst of situations.

He will always remain a Real Madrid legend for his UCL-winning contributions, but his departure was long-awaited. He moved on a free transfer at the end of last season and is currently playing for LA Galaxy.

Marcelo: 8/10

The Brazilian left-back and former captain of the club left Real Madrid after their UCL win over Liverpool. His presence on the left wing will be missed for years to come, but his departure was inevitable given his poor form and age.

Marcelo has not yet joined any new club, and it remains to be seen if he will announce his retirement in the coming months.

Atletico de Madrid

Arrivals

Nahuel Molina: 8/10

Since Kieran Trippier left Atletico Madrid to move to England, the team struggled to find an able replacement at right-back. Daniel Wass was signed as a potential solution, but it became quickly obvious that he was not the man for the job.

Enter Nahuel Molina. The Argentine right-back was signed by Los Rojiblancos for €16 million + Nehuen Perez last month and can rightly be called their marquee signing of the window.

Molina will be the undisputed starter at right-back this season. While he is solid in defence, one can expect many goal contributions from the wing-back given his promising record in the final third.

While he picked up a red card against Villarreal, Molina will eventually understand the responsibilities asked of him by Diego Simeone soon enough.

Axel Witsel: 8/10

Adapted quickly. (Photo by BRUNO FAHY/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

The Belgian international was Los Rojiblancos’ first signing of the summer window, and perhaps the most well-known signing too. Over the years, Witsel has carved a name for himself as a solid defensive midfielder.

Simeone, though, has preferred to use the player as a centre-back, where he has looked refreshing.

Sergio Reguilon: 7.5/10

The former Real Madrid right-back joined Atletico in the closing days of the window and will serve as a deputy to new signing Nahuel Molina. He arrives on a one-year loan with no obligation to buy.

Departures

Renan Lodi: 4/10

Lodi’s future was a subject of discussion in the media throughout the transfer window. The 24-year-old was a major part of Simeone’s plans last season but saw his prominence reduce after the arrival of Reinildo.

His departure to Nottingham Forest did not come as a surprise, for the player was not very happy with his lack of playing time at Atletico. His deal with the Premier League side is a one-year loan with an option to make it permanent for €30 million.

Now, the club neither have a left-back as good as him nor are they guaranteed any money from his loan. Clearly, the deal is not amongst Atletico’s best decisions.

Daniel Wass: 9/10

The Danish international looked like a fish out of water since his first day at the club and never got going. It was in the club’s best interest to part ways with him.

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Euro 2024: Rating every Real Madrid player’s performance at the tournament

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The UEFA Euro 2024 came to an end last night with Spain being crowned the champions of Europe thanks to a 2-1 victory over England in Berlin.

Considering how well La Roja played throughout the tournament and their performance in the finals on Sunday night, they were the deserved winners of the trophy.

With Spain lifting the trophy, Real Madrid veteran defender Dani Carvajal added another title to his already successful campaign finishing 2023/24 as a La Liga, Champions League, and EURO winner.

Nacho and Joselu, who were still contracted with Real Madrid when the Euro started, joined Carvajal on that list while Jude Bellingham finished on the losing side.

Real Madrid had a total of 13 players representing them at the Euros in Germany and not all managed to make a solid impression. Here are how the Merengues’ stars fared at the European Championships.

Spain

Dani Carvajal: 8/10

The Spanish right-back was one of the stars of the show at the Euros, playing an integral role in La Roja’s success. Carvajal kicked off his first Euro with a goal in the opening game against Croatia and continued to be a reliable player for Spain both in defence and attack.

Carvajal forged a strong partnership with Barcelona’s Lamine Yamal on the right flank and even played a key role in the team’s opening goal against England in the final.

Nacho: 6/10

Technically no longer a Real Madrid player, Nacho was still contracted with the club when the Euros kicked off. Starting in the opener against Croatia, he helped Spain to a clean sheet against Croatia.

The veteran defender also put in solid shifts in the quarter-final and semi-final ties against Germany and France, respectively and helped see out the game against England last night.

Joselu: N/A

Behind the likes of Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal in the pecking order, Joselu, who left Real Madrid at the end of June, played just 90 minutes across two games.

England

Jude Bellingham: 6.5/10

Failed to deliver. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Having enjoyed a dream season with Real Madrid, Jude Bellingham was unable to replicate those performances for England.

While he did score two crucial goals, including a stunning bicycle kick to keep his team alive against Slovakia, and assisted Cole Palmer’s strike in the finals, his overall display left a lot to be desired.

France

Kylian Mbappe: 6/10

Real Madrid’s newest acquisition, all eyes were on Mbappe heading into the Euros. And even though France made it as far as the semi-finals, the 25-year-old failed to live up to the expectations with a nose injury impacting his displays.

Mbappe finished the tournament with a solitary goal and two assists, but as he admitted after the defeat to Spain, his Euro will go down as a failure.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 6/10

Making a return from injury during the tournament, the Real Madrid midfielder was a solid presence in the centre of the park for France alongside N’Golo Kante without really standing out a great deal.

The 24-year-old provided strength and stability in midfield for Les Bleus and even tried to get upfield in matches. But his shooting from distance was way off the mark.

Not up to the mark. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Eduardo Camavinga: 5/10

Starting just one of France’s six games and featuring as a substitute in three more, Eduardo Camavinga was not a major presence for Didier Deschamps’ side at the Euros which came as a surprise.

The Real Madrid starlet did show glimpses of quality when he did get a chance but not enough for him to make an impact.

Ferland Mendy: N/A

Having made a return to the France setup for the first time since 2022, Mendy did not play a single minute at the Euros, with former Real Madrid left-back, Theo Hernandez being preferred by the manager.

Germany

Antonio Rudiger: 7/10

Carrying on from where he left off for Real Madrid, Rudiger was a solid presence at the heart of the German defence at the Euros in his homeland.

Came up against some tricky forwards throughout the hosts’ quarterfinal run but did well to hold his own, but was guilty of losing Mikel Merino for Spain’s goal that eliminated Germany.

Toni Kroos: 6.5/10

It was not a fairytale ending for Kroos, who waved goodbye to his international career with a forgettable display against Spain during which he could have been easily sent off for the array of fouls he committed.

Prior to that, however, Kroos was instrumental for Germany in their run until the quarterfinals, stringing play together from the centre of the park.

Turkey

Arda Guler: 7/10

Arda Guler made a good impression at the Euros. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

One of the breakout stars of the Euros, Arda Guler showcased his talent and potential, helping Turkey to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

The 19-year-old started off with a wonder-goal against Georgia and also added two assists to his tally in his first major tournament, following in the footsteps of greats like Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. A bright future awaits.

Croatia

Luka Modric: 6/10

Unlike recent years, Luka Modric’s Croatia were unable to get past the group stages, with the veteran midfielder finishing the tournament with a goal from under 240 minutes.

Ukraine

Andriy Lunin: 2/10

Started the tournament as Ukraine’s No. 1 against Romania but made costly errors that saw him lose his place in the starting XI. Did not feature again after the opener as his team crashed out of the group stages.

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