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Real Madrid have no plans to sign any players in January – report

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Real Madrid and Barcelona, two traditional giants of Spanish football, are facing contrasting situations at the moment. While Barça are struggling with Financial Fair Play regulations, their arch-rivals have taken a prudent option in the market.

As such, there is one similarity that could bind the two in this upcoming January transfer window, which is to do as little market activity as possible.

Reports earlier this month suggested that Barcelona are planning to stay put in January rather than going after new players. According to Arancha Rodriguez (h/t Madrix Xtra), Real Madrid, too, are expected to employ a similar method next month.

The club’s idea is to not sign a single player in the January transfer window, even though they require immediate reinforcements in several areas of the pitch, including the midfield and fullback departments.

Instead of signing new players, it appears Real Madrid are focusing on the contract situations of several star players, such as Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio, all of who have their contracts at Santiago Bernabeu expire at the end of the season.

Real Madrid are yet to convince Kroos or Modric to spend one more season at the Bernabeu, whereas Asensio and Ceballos may receive proposals from other top clubs across Europe.

However, the bigger scope behind Real Madrid’s inactivity in January could be the fact that the club are eyeing a much bigger fish in the summer of 2023. Borussia Dortmund starlet Jude Bellingham has already been targeted as a transfer priority for Los Blancos, especially after his explosion in the World Cup.

The Englishman has reportedly emerged as an ideal long-term replacement option for the ageing Modric. Real Madrid, though, have other options, too, including Manuel Locatelli, who is unlikely to cost a fortune and could be an excellent cost-effective alternative for Bellingham.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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