Real Madrid

Real Madrid’s transfer targets for 2022

More free transfers incoming

Real Madrid haven’t splashed the cash much over the last two years, mainly due to COVID-19 and the prudent financial management of Florentino Perez, but also due to the need to get a number of players off the wage bill, but 2022 could see Los Blancos make their mark in the transfer window, both summer and maybe even winter.

Carlo Ancelotti has come into Valdebebas and left a profound mark on the team with the emergence of Vinicius Junior, and the continued brilliance of Karim Benzema, particular highlights. Plus being eight points cleat atop the LaLiga Santander table helps too.

January though will be about exits for Real Madrid, with Gareth Bale and Isco the main candidates to leave, especially given the pair are out of

contract in the summer. Perez will be hoping to recoup some cash during the winder transfer window if possible. Mariano Diaz, Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard, while not on the market, offers will be listen to for the trio.

Mbappe arrival

Real Madrid‘s main transfer target in the summer of 2021 was Kylian Mbappe, and even after offering the princely sum of 200 million euros, Paris Saint-Germain refused to negotiate and the player, whose contract ends in June 2022, has stayed in the French capital.

That though, could all change come January 1 when Mbappe is free to discuss terms with other clubs over a potential transfer. He has made no secret of his desire to play for Real Madrid, and it’s expected that a deal for the superstar will be complete sooner rather than later.

Another forward who had been paired with Real Madrid is Erling Haaland, given he has a release clause at Borussia Dortmund that would allow him to leave in the summer of 2022 for a fee of 75 million euros. A fee that is well within reach of Los Blancos.

His agent Mino Raiola also stated that Real Madrid are one of four clubs that could be Haaland’s next. Will we see a Mbappe-Haaland pairing next season at the Estadio Bernabeu?

Strengthening the defence

In January 2021, MARCA exclusively broke the news that David Alaba would leave Bayern Munich and join Real Madrid on a free transfer. Now it seems that Perez is hoping to take advantage of Antonio Rudiger’s situation at Chelsea.

Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea
Antonio Rudiger of ChelseaMarc AtkinsMARCA

The German central defender is out of contract in June 2022 and Real Madrid are favourites to land his signature on a free transfer, just as they did with Alaba, one of Rudiger’s great friends.

Rudger also rejected Chelsea‘s last contract offer, and has reportedly been getting rave reviews about life in the Spanish capital from former Stamford Bridge teammates Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard.

Marcelo is also expected to leave, and that would mean Alaba could move from his central defensive role to left-back more often, with Rudiger then able to cover in the middle.

Other targets

As you would expect, Real Madrid have been linked to a host of players, but not just in the January transfer for the summer as well.