It is no secret that Real Madrid’s planning is amongst the best in the world. The club’s transition from their all-star Galactico team to the current crop of explosive youngsters has been seamless and with no bridging period, a testament to the aforementioned statement.
Such meticulous planning does not come easy, and AS brings to light that the administration at Santiago Bernabeu maintains primary objectives for every year that help the squad grow slowly and sustainably.
The team’s target for 2022 was the signature of Brazilian protege Endrick who was actively pursued by several of Europe’s elite. In the end, the La Liga champions secured his arrival without much hassle and assured themselves of a top-notch forward for decades to come.
In 2023, Real Madrid see Jude Bellingham as their main focus. The Borussia Dortmund star is set to leave Singal Iduna Park and does not wish to return to England. Further, Los Blancos offer him the best sporting project with a generous paycheck.
Looking ahead to 2024, two names highlight the club’s transfer plans – Alphonso Davies and Erling Haaland.
The Bayern Munich and Canada full-back is seen as the long-term solution to the team’s issues in the left-back department. With Ferland Mendy not ticking all the boxes asked of him, replacing him is a priority.
The Bayern Munich star is not just a feasible option but already promises to be one of the best in the world in his position at 22 years of age. Real Madrid could snap him up for an affordable price in 2024 given that his contract with the Bavarians ends in 2025, although they are looking to hand him a new deal.
Meanwhile, the saga of Erling Haaland is not as simple. The Norweigan star has a clause in his contract with Manchester City that permits him to depart if interested party shells out €150 million.
The player is open to the idea of playing for Real Madrid and his signature might not be as difficult as many fathom. Talks were held with him this past year over a move, but Karim Benzema’s presence and the efforts to sign Kylian Mbappe, led to Haaland choosing City.
Yet, one would find it difficult to visualise Haaland leaving Manchester City so soon, just as his reign of supremacy in the Premier League is beginning. But the possibility of winning the Champions League could be a tempting lure for him to move to Madrid.
Real Madrid the most likely destination for Kylian Mbappe with Liverpool not pushing for transfer
Journalist Florian Plettenberg has affirmed that despite Liverpool’s continued interest, Real Madrid remain the most realistic destination for Kylian Mbappe either for next year or the year after that.
As far as PSG are concerned, the Ligue 1 champions are totally relaxed over the drama as they are now financially secure for his possible departure. Nonetheless, Liverpool are not at all pushing for the player which leaves Real Madrid as the only team as suitors.
Mbappe has declined an extension offer from PSG, as his current deal is set to expire in 2024 and the 24-year-old forward seems poised to determine his future destination sooner rather than later.
As for Real Madrid, while they have denied holding any talks with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, the interest in him has always been there as he remains one of the club’s main targets for 2024.
One last attempt for Mbappe?
Real Madrid have been chasing Mbappe since 2021 and while there have been instances when he almost joined, the move has always failed to materialise for some reason.
Last year, he ended up signing a new contract and this year, as he looked certain to leave PSG, a sudden change of heart saw him stay put. Now, there are going to be some repercussions of his continued ignorance.
These repercussions Mbappe will experience if rejects Madrid once again as it is said that the team from the Spanish capital is fed up with playing this game and if the move fails next summer, the door for Mbappe will be closed forever.
On the contrary, Plettenberg reports that it is not a matter of if for Mbappe, but a matter of when.
So even if they somehow miss out on his acquisition this summer, they will be able to sign him in 2025 as they are currently the only team running for his signature.