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Real Madrid have everything ready for a ‘Galactico’ signing next summer, Mbappe, Haaland on the agenda



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The Galacticos era started at Real Madrid in 2000 when club president Florentino Perez put into practice a plan to attract elite players in order to improve the team’s on-field performance and appeal to a global audience.

While the emphasis has recently shifted towards developing young prospects, Real Madrid continue to be regarded as Europe’s melting pot of elite players.

Real Madrid are in the market for a Galactico

According to AS, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland have entered Madrid’s crosshairs owing to their improved financial position as they plan for a Galactico signing next summer

A statement signing will likely be in sight, especially after Karim Benzema’s departure to Saudi Arabia. The report details Madrid’s financial strength, with information that indicates a move for a big player is inevitable.

As per the report, Real Madrid possess €128 million euros in cash and €265 million in undrawn credit facilities.

Furthermore, the club has also made room in its wage bill, which allows the club to comply with La Liga’s financial fair play standards.

The Efficiency Ratio, a metric used by the European Club Association (ECA) to assess the financial health of its member clubs, states that a club’s total personnel expenses cannot exceed 70% of its total revenue.

Haaland among Real Madrid’s targets for 2024. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)

While Madrid’s salary expenditures for the previous season were 72%, in the most recent approved accounts, that number dropped to 54%.

While salary expenditures have decreased, overall revenue has increased by 17%, creating an environment that is more favorable than ever for the arrival of a star player.

Santiago Bernabeu’s renovation will help the club

Furthermore, the new Santiago Bernabeu guarantees the arrival of big-name signings

Not only does the club project its final revenue for this season to be €939 million, but more significantly, it projects revenue from the operation of the stadium to be €317 million, which is nearly €150 million more than what it had been producing.

With the stadium capable of hosting NFL games, famous sporting events, and additional seats, revenues are expected to skyrocket, and all these funds will allow for megastars to be acquired.

As of today, Mbappe and Haaland are the two biggest names on the wishlist, and Real Madrid will be eyeing their potential arrival next summer.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining



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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:


Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.


Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.


The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.


Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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