As we edge closer to the start of the summer transfer window, Real Madrid are slowly making their roadmap for the season ahead and how they plan to approach squad building this summer.
According to Josep Pedrerol, this could be a very important transfer window for Real Madrid, especially with Karim Benzema exiting from the squad.
The Frenchman announced his desire to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the month, in favour of a move to Saudi Arabia. Pedrerol believes this could play a crucial role in convincing the club to spend a fortune this summer.
As per the Spanish TV presenter, Real Madrid could be ready to spend up to €400 million on new players this summer. This hardly comes as a surprise, as the club have witnessed mass defections ahead of the coming summer.
Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz and Karim Benzema are all set to leave the club at the end of the month whereas the contract of Eden Hazard was terminated by Los Blancos owing to his high salary and poor performances.
Real Madrid’s first order of business will be to sign Jude Bellingham. The Englishman is slowly closing in on a move to Santiago Bernabeu and could be the club’s biggest signing of the summer.
Next up, the Spanish giants could after a replacement for Karim Benzema. Multiple reports claim Harry Kane has been identified as the desired replacement for the ageing Frenchman. Kane’s contract at Spurs expires in 2024, making him an ideal target for Los Blancos.
Apart from a midfielder and a striker, Real Madrid might go after a new fullback, especially in the left-back department. Alphonso Davies was identified as a potential target, but whether or not the club can sanction his move this summer remains to be seen.
Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas
There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.
Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.
Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.
And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.
Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.
Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.
Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.
Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.
The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.