Real Madrid saw their midfield triumvirate of Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos get broken this summer as the Brazilian bid goodbye to the club to join Manchester United.
While his departure will be a blow, Los Blancos have players ready to step in and take over from their former midfield general. Aurelien Tchouameni was signed this summer from AS Monaco with that particular objective.
However, in Federico Valverde, Real Madrid already have a player who can step in and replace the Brazilian. The Uruguayan has been utilised on the right flank in recent matches by Carlo Ancelotti but is primarily a midfielder who will now be expected to take over as a dressing room leader.
But, if a report from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is to be believed, Real Madrid could possibly have lost Valverde as well this summer.
Indeed, according to the journalist, Los Blancos received offers as high as €90 million from the Premier League for Valverde. However, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe quickly rejected those proposals, claiming that the midfielder is ‘untouchable’.
The report does not mention which Premier League club made an offer for Valverde, but he has been on the radars of Liverpool in the past.
The 24-year-old has been at Real Madrid since 2016. Having broken into the first-team setup a couple of years later, he has grown into a key part of the team, racking up over 150 appearances.
Valverde signed a new contract with Real Madrid last year, prolonging his stay at the club until the summer of 2027. His release clause stands at a massive €1 billion. Given his importance and standing within the squad, an exit in the near future seems extremely unlikely.
PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025
As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.
All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.
And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.
Hakimi could return to Real Madrid
Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.
Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.
However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.
And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.
The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.
Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.
As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.