The summer transfer window of 2024 promises to be a busy one for Real Madrid as several operations are likely to take place at the Santiago Bernabeu.
All eyes are on the potential signing of Kylian Mbappe, whose contract at PSG expires, with Real Madrid working to sign him on a free transfer.
Moves are also being planned for Alphonso Davies and Leny Yoro as well, while at the same time, there is a possibility of selling some of the current players in the squad.
Ferland Mendy likely to be sold
And, as per The Athletic (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Real Madrid are planning on offloading left-back Ferland Mendy in the summer transfer window.
Mendy signed for Real Madrid in the summer of 2019, arriving from Olympique Lyon in a deal worth close to €50 million.
The 28-year-old’s time at the Santiago Bernabeu has been blighted by injuries, though, mostly in the last couple of seasons, with the left-back spending more time on the sidelines than on the pitch.
Even though Carlo Ancelotti trusts him a great deal, the administration does not see things the same way and are considering offloading him in the summer.
After all, Mendy’s contract expires next year and with a renewal not coming forth, selling him this summer makes sense financially for the Merengues.
Furthermore, with a move for Alphonso Davies also in the works, there will be no space for Mendy, with Fran Garcia also in the squad.
There has also been talk of re-signing Miguel Gutierrez from Girona, with Real Madrid having an €8 million buyback clause.
As such, there does not appear to be any space for Mendy, whose market value stands at €20 million, in the squad next season and all signs point towards him being on his way out.
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.