Real Madrid’s transfer window has been a mixed bag. Big names including Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio left the club early in the summer, but it is safe to say that Los Blancos have compensated well for the deficit through their signings.
In the form of Jude Bellingham, Arda Guler, Fran Garcia, Joselu, and Kepa Arrizabalaga, they have acquired the services of some bonafide starting-quality names.
With three wins out of three games so far, the squad has shown its prowess on the field. Yet, if one were to nitpick a department that is slightly worrying, it would be the attack. After all, Vinicius’ latest injury does not leave the manager in a good spot.
According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid have been offered multiple attackers this summer. These include loan deals, direct purchases, and even loans with an option to buy.
However, the Merengues are firm in their stance that the market is closed for them. There will be no more signings this summer.
Ancelotti places his trust in the existing core
It is no secret that Carlo Ancelotti was the biggest advocate of signing a new centre-forward this summer.
The Italian tactician was a fan of Harry Kane, but the administration gave up its pursuit of the now Bayern Munich star after reopening the Kylian Mbappe saga.
Ever since, though, Ancelotti has maintained that he is more than satisfied with the squad and that there will be no more additions made.
“This squad is proving that it’s complete. We’re capable of winning without Courtois, Militão, Karim and Vini. This shows that the squad is well-assembled. They’ve done well,” he said after Real Madrid’s 1-0 win over Celta Vigo earlier this week.
All eyes on Kylian Mbappe
Real Madrid’s reluctance to spend on an attacker this summer is directly related to their plan of bringing in Kylian Mbappe.
The Frenchman was expected to arrive in Madrid this summer, but his move fell through owing to numerous diverse factors and is now on the agenda for next summer.
Los Blancos’ pursuit of the star has not exactly gone to plan in recent years and one hopes that the stars align next summer.
Until then, Ancelotti will have to see off the ongoing season with limited resources, even more so after Vini Jr’s injury.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Atletico Madrid
Following Barcelona’s awe-inspiring comeback win against Celta Vigo yesterday, the pressure is on Real Madrid to regain top spot in La Liga as they travel to Civitas Metropolitano to lock horns against Atletico Madrid.
The first Madrid derby of the season will not feature Vinicius Jr, who had to pull out of the travelling squad today due to a stomach bug.
Jude Bellingham has been given the green light, though, and is likely starting as the out and out striker for this game, with Joselu benched. The Englishman is joined by Rodrygo by his side, while Luka Modric plays behind them as the attacking midfielder.
Behind this trio, Toni Kroos has been handed the keys as the pivot, with Aurelien Tchouameni benched. Eduardo Camavinga starts alongside Federico Valverde as the central midfielders.
Lucas Vazquez fills in for the injured Daniel Carvajal at right-back, while Fran Garcia comes back to take over his left-back spot from Nacho. David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger round off the quadrant in central defence, screening Kepa in goal.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Kepa; Vazquez, Rudiger, Alaba, Garcia; Valverde, Kroos, Camavinga; Modric; Rodrygo, Bellingham