With less than two months left to go for the end of the 2021/22 season, we may be in for the most chaotic transfer window of all time this summer.
Several big names, including the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, are expected to jump ships. The latter is still unsure about his destination, but the former seems has his eyes locked on a Real Madrid move.
Mbappe will become a free agent by the end of June, and the move to Madrid seems inevitable. However, AS reports that Madrid are planning a huge transfer window, and will build a ‘superteam’ around Kylian Mbappe. He will not be the only one joining the capital outfit.
Haaland is touted as one of the players Madrid are looking at, but it seems the Norweigian has chosen Manchester City as his next club. Elsewhere, Los Blancos have reignited their interest in Antonio Rudiger, who becomes a free agent this summer.
Aurelien Tchouameni is another player that has been strongly linked with Madrid, but with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, Isco, and Dani Ceballos already in the midfield arsenal, any move for the Frenchman remains tough.
Apart from new signings, Real Madrid are also looking at possible renewals in their squad, starting with Luka Modric, Vinicius Jr, and Eder Militao. While Modric is only expected to sign a one-year extension, the other two will pen down long-term deals.
There are likely to be a few departures as well, which will give Florentino Perez and co. more economic stability to pursue star-studded deals, especially in defence.
Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report
Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.
The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.
According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.
The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.
The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday.
In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.
Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.
It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.