Real Madrid surprised everyone by not signing anyone during the summer transfer window in 2020, and that is likely to be the case again in the January transfer window, but there is the thought that Los Blancosare preparing themselves for some big moves in the summer of 2021.
Some names have already been strongly linked with Real Madrid, such as Bayern Munich’s David Alaba, who will become a free agent next summer, while there are two players in Zinedine Zidane‘s squad who are free to talk with other clubs from January 1: Sergio Ramos and Lucas Vazquez.
In fact, this figure would have been three, but MARCA can report that an agreement is in place for Luka Modric Ato sign a one-year contract extension at the club. And then there are some players whose futures remain uncertain, including Isco, Marcelo, Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovic.
In terms of incomings, though, much of the discussion has surrounded a striker to come in and compete with Karim Benzema. Kylian Mbappe is the name that many often point to, particularly with his contract set to expire at Paris Saint-Germain in 2022, but Erling Haaland has also earnt a lot of admirers at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
The arrival of Alaba at the back would be a real coup for Real Madrid if they pull it off, too. The 28-year-old has admittedly had a few injury problems over the years, but the last time he missed more than three games in a row was in 2017.
Alaba‘s versatility could also prove to be a valuable weapon for Zidane, who could play him at centre-back, left-back or central midfield. It is at centre-back where he has shone of late for Bayern, including during their successful Champions League run last season. Depending on how things go with Ramos, he could be lining up alongside Raphael Varane in the 2021/22 campaign.
But, are there any other names that Real Madrid should at least be considering? Well, Eduardo Camavinga was a player that Los Blancos were considering prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and it is likely that they will once again be interested in the Rennes prodigy.
Another position that Real Madridseriously need to address – and they have not been linked with many players in this position – is holding midfield. For the last few years, Casemiro has been without cover and this is something that could end up coming back to bite Zidane and co.
The hope was that Marcos Llorente would end up being this player, but he was sold to Atletico Madrid for 40 million euros in 2019. No replacement was brought in, so Los Blancos have had to play either Toni Kroos, Luka Modric or Fede Valverde out of position there whenever Casemiro is unavailable.
Part of the problem, however, is that it is tough to sign a player who will happily sit on the bench while Casemiro plays almost every week. So, the most likely option would be to go for an up-and-coming player, perhaps Boubacar Kamara at Marseille.
The 21-year-old made the switch from centre-back to holding midfield under Andre Villas-Boas and he hasn’t looked back since. With his contract up in 2022, and Marseille not in the strongest financial position, this could be a smart signing by Real Madrid.
Another position that should be addressed is left-back. Marcelo is no longer up to standard in a Real Madrid shirt, and he gets exposed whenever Los Merenguesplay. This ultimately costs them points. Ferland Mendy is streets ahead of him, so it’s time for Florentino Perez to allow the Brazilian to depart while Real Madrid get a younger upgrade.
It is strange as Real Madrid seemed to have the ideal replacement for Marcelo in Sergio Reguilon, who departed for Tottenham Hotspur last summer but with whom Los Blancos have the option to buy him back for 45 million euros. Should they be put off by this price, however, RB Leipzig’s Angelino could be an option.
The 23-year-old has four goals and two assists in 12 Bundesliga matches this season, as well as three goals and three assists in six Champions League games, and his overlapping runs would cause all sorts of danger for Zidane‘s side. And, unlike Marcelo, Angelino would be able to get back in defence after pushing forward. He is currently on loan at Leipzig from Manchester City but with an obligation to buy at the end of the deal.
Finally, should Florentino decide to really splash the cash, another position that could be improved is right wing. Neither Marco Asensio, Rodrygo Goes, Vinicius Junior nor Lucas Vazquez have truly made this position their own, which could cause Los Blancosto seek a replacement that can come in and hit the ground running.
Although, given how the Eden Hazardsigning has panned out thus far, there might be some pessimism about investing a large sum of money in a player in his peak. Should this not be the case, though, Mohamed Salah would fit the bill.
The 28-year-old has continued his excellent form from the last couple of seasons, having scored 13 goals in 15 Premier League games, while he’s also netted three goals in six Champions League matches, and the thought of an in-form Hazard and Salahcoming in off the wings is a tantalising prospect.
What’s more, Salah has recently begun to intimate that he would like to move on to either Barcelona or Real Madrid, although the former would currently be unable to afford the fee that Liverpool would demand. Should a deal for Mbappe or Haaland not come to fruition next summer, Salah would certainly be a good alternative option for Los Blancos.