Thursday’s edition of Diario AS tabloid has made a sensational claim on Real Madrid’s transfer market plans, suggesting that the reigning European champions have a budget of around €425 million for new signings.
The report comes just a few days after reports broke out over Kylian Mbappe’s desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain. The attacker is unhappy with the PSG board and wants to quit the club in the upcoming January transfer window.
Although PSG have no intention of offloading their star forward, the French outfit could be forced to sanction an exit if the player continues to hold out for a move away from Parc des Princes.
Real Madrid are the favourites to sign the Frenchman, valued at around €300-350 million. Such a figure would see him barely fit into the club’s budget if the report from Diario AS is to be believed.
While the links to Mbappe are growing, Erling Haaland is also said to be on the club’s agenda. He has a €200 million release clause in his Manchester City which can be triggered in 2024, something that will be well within the range of the Merengues with the €425 million budget.
Real Madrid’s increased budget comes in the midst of the club’s immense success under Carlo Ancelotti. The Whites notably secured the double last season and have started the new season exceptionally well. They are also one of the favourites to retain the Champions League title.
On the flip side, Real Madrid’s budget is unlikely to be solely reliant on the club’s sporting success. In fact, Los Blancos are expected to undergo a busy 2023 summer transfer window, with the club in contention to offload some of the star players, including Eden Hazard.
Their sales could help the club generate significant revenue. But whether or not that would be enough for the club to sign someone like Mbappe remains to be seen.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.