Real Madrid are expected to go all-in next summer in the transfer market as they plot a massive revamp of their squad.
Real Madrid are going to begin their La Liga defence in a few more days from now when they visit Real Sociedad in the first matchday. Zinedine Zidane will have a very familiar squad with only Andrey Lunin and Martin Odegaard being the new faces, having returned from departure. James Rodriguez has already departed for Everton, but he was never part of plans.
Florentino Perez affirmed on the day of the Whites’ coronation as league champions of 2019/20 that there will be no major signings made this summer to overcome the financial hit taken by the club owing to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent absence of supporters in the stadium. However, he will open his cheque book next year again.
Mirror has claimed that the 73-year-old chief will be signing up to four new players as part of another galactic revolution. The club already has a very good crop of young players, but there are some players who are ageing, such as Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos, whereas those like Casemiro have been playing without a backup for quite some months now.
Kylian Mbappe is undoubtedly the primary target in the Spanish capital. The World Cup winner will be the lethal marksman that the Merengues have been looking for since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure. Having said that, he will also be available for a relatively low price considering he will be in the final year of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.
His versatility will be a huge asset for the club and given his age, he is sure to be one for the future along with the promising likes of Marco Asensio, Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior. Besides being a very important first-team player, Mbappe will also add a lot of value to the club from a marketing standpoint keeping in mind his global impact in sport.
Eduardo Camavinga will be the second priority at the Santiago Bernabeu. Since Marcos Llorente departed for Atletico Madrid last summer, Casemiro has been the only defensive midfielder at Zinedine Zidane’s disposal. Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos have been played in a makeshift role when he is rested or suspended, but they both flourish further up the pitch.
Casemiro and Camavinga both have a very similar style of play. The Frenchman, like his Brazilian counterpart takes a lot of risks at the back and is a very physical player. The 17-year-old is also a rare goal-scorer and will certainly be of help to Real Madrid. He is going to enter the final year of his contract at Rennes next year and will be available for cheap.
Sergio Ramos is in the final year of his contract at Real Madrid, but his extension looks imminent. However, the club’s captain is close to 35 and will hang up his boots soon. Dayot Upamecano has been targeted by Los Blancos given that he has age on his side and is a solid central defender. Upamecano’s acquisition may be a tricky prospect.
The France international has recently extended his contract with RB Leipzig, thereby giving the Bundesliga side all the demanding power. Several other outlets including those from the Premier League have shown interest in landing the 21-year-old and therefore, there is certainly going to be a fierce competition for his services, whenever it may be.
Perez’s list culminates with the signing of Erling Haaland. The 20-year-old rose to prominence just last season, but he immediately signed for Borussia Dortmund in January and kept impressing. He is one of Europe’s most potent players in front of goal and statistically, he outclassed several seasoned players in the 2019/20 campaign.
Given that Karim Benzema is ageing and Luka Jovic has failed to make an impact, the Norwegian’s signing may be a prospect the club may want to explore. Though unclear yet, he reportedly has a release clause worth just 60 million euros on his contract at Borussia Dortmund which is certainly within the Whites’ financial leverage.