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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.

Mbappe Says He Is Considering Retirement From France National Team, Discloses Heartbreaking Reason

  • Kylian Mbappe at the age of 22 could be taking a break from the French national team due to some pressure
  • The Paris Saint-Germain striker explained that he is being targeted as the problem in the national team
  • Mbappe has been playing for the national team since 2017 and has featured in 49 games netting 17 goals

Kylian Mbappe who plays as a striker for Paris Saint-Germain has explained that he is currently considering quitting the French national team claiming that some people feel he is the problem.

During the EURO 2020, Kylian Mbappe endured a disappointing campaign with France as he missed the decisive penalty kick against Switzerland in the round of 16 which sent his nation out of the tournament. Former Chelsea star Olivier Giroud claimed that some players were not passing to him on the pitch and Kylian Mbappe was livid with his statement.

The World Cup winner even wanted to express himself in a press conference before being convinced not to go against his national teammate. Download Sradio 5 news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with all major Ghana news There were reports that Kylian Mbappe’s ego is causing problems in the French national team and the 22-year-old has addressed the topic according to the report on Sportbible.

Kylian Mbappe’s reaction

“I have always placed the French national team above everything and I will always put it above everything.

“I have never taken a single Euro to play for the French national team and I will always play for my national team for free. Above all, I never wanted to be problem.

“But from the moment where I felt like that I was starting to become a problem and that people felt I was a problem. The most important thing is the French national team and if the French national team is happier without me, it is like that.”

Kylian Mbappe discloses he wanted to leave Paris Saint-Germain

Earlier, had reported how Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain disclosed that he actually told the club’s chiefs that he wanted to leave in July after being seriously linked with move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. The France international is currently spending his fourth season at Paris Saint-Germain and he is one of the most reliable players at PSG at the moment.

Before the summer transfer window closed, Real Madrid were said to have made some offers in their efforts to sign Kylian Mbappe which Paris Saint-Germain turned down.

Kylian Mbappe has explained that all reports that he turned down down offers of new deal from PSG eggheads are false.

Sheriff Tiraspol produced one of the great Champions League shocks as the competition’s least experienced club upstaged 13-time European champions Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Sheriff Tiraspol produced one of the great Champions League shocks as the competition’s least experienced club upstaged 13-time European champions Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Sebastien Thill snatched victory for the debutants with a stunning final-minute strike, sparking scenes of wild celebration from the Moldovan champions.

Jasurbek Yakhshiboev’s first-half header had given them the lead before Karim Benzema levelled with a penalty.

But Thill’s goal was a worthy way to clinch a historic victory – the Luxembourg midfielder’s half-volley reducing the home crowd to silence as it flashed past Thibaut Courtois.

“It’s the best and most important goal of my career, that’s for sure,” said Thill, who was last year playing on loan at FC Tambov – a Russian club which in May was dissolved after declaring themselves bankrupt.

“The side were so brave with how we played and luckily enough I was able to score a bit of a stunner.

“After this match, we all went crazy. There are a lot of foreigners in the club, we come from all types of countries. It’s our strength.”

This was not what Real had planned as the Bernabeu hosted Champions League football for the first time in 580 days, and shouts of celebration from Sheriff players were the soundtrack to a monumental upset.

Sheriff captain Frank Castaneda said victory was a “dream come true” and that they are focused on reaching the knockout stage.

“We are dreaming of getting into the last 16 and that’s our objective,” he said.

The home side dominated every facet of the game, having 76% possession and 31 shots – 11 of which were on target.

But Sheriff played with supreme composure and were ruthless when presented with even a hint of a chance – scoring twice from just three shots on goal.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti said he was “a little sad” as he felt Real “deserved to win”.

“You could say we had bad luck, we lost the game on the small details, they scored their goals on the counter-attack and from a throw-in,” the Italian said. “We had a lot of shots at goal but sometimes luck deserts you in games.

“Everything went well for them; everything went wrong for us.” 

Who are Sheriff Tiraspol?

The match in the Spanish capital was Sheriff’s 10th Champions League fixture of the season as they came through four rounds of qualifying to reach the group stage for the first time.

A milestone win against Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this month sent them top of Group D, and this remarkable triumph ensures they remain unlikely leaders ahead of illustrious opposition that also includes Italian champions Inter Milan.

“Our attention now turns to Inter and we’ll work hard in order to ensure we keep getting positive results,” Sheriff captain Castaneda said.

While they are still minnows on the European stage, they have won 20 of the 22 Moldovan league titles they have contested, and in the two league games before heading to Madrid, they scored 11 goals and conceded none.

Tuesday’s result means they become just the second club to win on their first Champions League trip to the Bernabeu, replicating Arsenal’s achievement in 2005-06.

And not since Leicester City in 2016-17 have a side won their opening two games on their debut in the competition.

Real had intended to make history of their own on their return to the Bernabeu, which has been refurbished, as they are just one short of 100 Champions League victories at home.

But the competition’s most experience der club – and one which has attempted to reshape European club football as a founding member of the controversial Super League – were beaten.