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Real Madrid will consider signing players in January only if key stars get injured – report
Following a mid-season hiatus, Real Madrid restarted their campaign with a convincing 2-0 victory over Real Valladolid. The win, coupled with Barcelona’s draw with Espanyol, should set the stage for the Whites as we enter the January transfer window.
Given the status of the current squad, with several players looking at the possibility of running down their respective contracts at the end of the season, one would expect Real Madrid to make some moves in the market, in an attempt to strengthen the squad.
But according to Tomas Gonzalez Martin on Bernabeu Digital, Real Madrid have no plans to become active in the market this January unless there are injuries to key players in the squad.
It appears the club have no intention to utilise their funds in the market, knowing they face a busy summer transfer window. After all, the club may have to part ways with several star players including Toni Kroos, who might be considering early retirement.
The report itself suggests all of Real Madrid’s transfers will take place in the summer. This could include the blockbuster move for Jude Bellingham, with the club reportedly prepared to splash around €130 million in order to sign the Borussia Dortmund starlet.
The Whites might also be eyeing a move for a defender. Josko Gvardiol has emerged as one of the targets, especially amid the uncertain future of players such as Nacho Fernandez and Ferland Mendy.
As for January itself, Real Madrid will not make a move unless someone like Karim Benzema or Thibaut Courtois picks up an injury before the middle of the month. That could force the club to make a move and sign a short-term option, perhaps even in the form of a loan deal.
However, as things stand, there are no plans whatsoever to bring in a new player this month.
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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.
After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.
The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.
A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.
Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.
But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.
At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.
However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.
For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.