The Galacticos was the name given to the Real Madrid team under the early years of Florentino Perez, whose goal was to bring in the biggest stars in the world under the roof of the Santiago Bernabeu.
Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Crisitano Ronaldo, Kaka, Raul, Sergio Ramos, Roberto Carlos, and so others once played together in an attempt to dominate the sport under the tutelage of several world-class managers.
Even during their famous run between 2013 to 2018, when Real Madrid won four out of five Champions League, the team boasted of all-timers like Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Marcelo, Ramos, and Raphael Varane.
Well, it seems Perez is ready to replicate the successes of those teams, at least on paper, by trying to assemble another group of megastars footballers. This project will, of course, start with Kylian Mbappe.
However, after chasing the Frenchman for half-a-decade now, Perez now wants to sign both Erling Haaland and Mbappe as part of the same Real Madrid team, as per a report from Cadena Ser.
The deal for Mbappe is progressing well, if reports from Spain and France are to be believed. The Madrid board and dressing room is also very confident about getting the deal over the line finally.
After which, their focus will presumably shift to Haaland. Sources from Spain say that Manchester City are ready to offer him a contract extension, and the Norweigian is also ready to sign, but wants to wait until the summer to see what happens with the Mbappe saga.
He is concerned about his salary, and whether Madrid will be able to pay both his and Mbappe’s wages, who will demand nearly €50 million for a year.
The idea of signing Haaland after only two seasons in the Premier League seems a bit farfetched, so it is entirely possible that Madrid will wait until the next season to make any move for the Golden Boot winner.
Real Madrid confident that star midfielder will renew contract for another season – Romano
Real Madrid have a lot of work cut out for them before the 2024 summer transfer window even kicks off, with several important players in the squad running out of a contract come the end of the season.
Luka Modric is among them, with his future still undecided. The Croatian’s game-time has reduced drastically this season, and it seems he will only extend his deal if he gets more minutes on the pitch.
Lucas Vazquez and Nacho, meanwhile, are considered important rotational pieces in the squad, and will likely be handed a one-year offer. The final decision will be up to them, though, and Madrid will not push them to renew.
The more important concern for Madrid, though, is Toni Kroos’ contract. The German has been a vital player for them this season, and they want to renew him for at least another season.
However, the player has always been vocal about his desire to not stretch his playing career for too long.
After a lot of back-and-forth, though, Fabrizio Romano reports that Madrid are confident that Kroos will end up staying for another season. They have already tabled him the new contract, and the feeling within the club is that he will eventually put pen to paper.
This comes on the back of Kroos’ decision to return to the German National Team for the 2024 European Championship at Julian Nagelsmann’s request.
The player is enjoying a wonderful season at Madrid, and has been their best midfielder for at least a couple of years running now. He is a difference-maker for the Spanish capital outfit, and could extend his time as a footballer for another year.
Madrid will likely plan their next season with Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, and Federico Valverde at the helm of the midfield, while Kroos serves as their mentor and the first deputy when time calls.