Real Madrid transfer window priorities: Kylian Mbappé hasn’t arrived, but Aurélien Tchouameni has arrived. Can they add more?


Real Madrid’s unlikely run to victory in the Champions League has once again confirmed the unrivaled greatness of the Spanish club and the fact that relying on them is never wise. Underdogs to PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, Real Madrid exploded in attack from the round of 16 to the semi-finals before claiming an unexpected victory over Liverpool in the final thanks to a Vinicius Jr. goal and the legendary performance by Thibaut Courtois in the nets. Don’t forget they lost to a team most people had never heard of, Sheriff Tiraspol, in the group stage, only to end the season as kings of Europe for 14th times, a record.

Looking ahead to next season, they will obviously be seen as the favorites to win again. The La Liga champions also intend to improve, keeping their hard core and expanding it. They may have missed out on superstar Kylian Mbappé, with the French striker remaining at PSG, but they are well armed in attack with the best player in the world Karim Benzema and budding superstar Vinicius Jr.

Here’s a look at Real Madrid’s squad situation, the players they could and should sign and much more:

Real Madrid goalkeeper outlook

  • Stay : Courteous
  • Rejoin : None at the moment
  • Loan option: Andriy Lunin

The position is in good hands as Courtois showed in the final with his masterful performance. He proved he was the best goalkeeper in the world with his incredible saves against a boiling Liverpool attack. With the Belgian, the Whites are well settled in this position, and Andriy Lunin, a very popular Ukrainian player, is his replacement. Lunin has star potential, so it wouldn’t really be a surprise to see another loan spell for him, having gone to Leganes, Valladolid and Oviedo.

Ideal movements: Courtois is only 30 so there’s no real need to make any big moves. Links have been established with Gabriel Slolina, with the young American having no shortage of suitors, but any move would likely involve a loan move to his current club Chicago Fire. Adding a young prospect makes a lot of sense going forward. Someone like Genk’s Maarten Vandervoordt would be a solid choice, but his acquisition would probably have to come with a loan somewhere to get some minutes.

Real Madrid Defense Outlook

  • Stay : Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Nacho, Ferland Mendy
  • Joined: Antonio Rudiger
  • Back from loan: Alvaro Odriozola
  • Departure : Marcello
  • An uncertain future: Jesus Vallejo
  • Loan option: Mario Gila, Miguel Gutierrez, Rafael Zamora

Los Blancos, for all the money they spend, now have Militao and then free transfers from Alaba last season and Rudiger this season. With Nacho’s versatility, there’s no need to worry about depth at centre-back. Odriozola is a high-ceilinged player who hasn’t had the expected impact at full-back, but maybe he’ll get another chance. It would be a good idea to strengthen the full-back position with Marcelo’s departure, but Alaba can also play there.

Ideal movements: Interesting in a full-back like Valencia captain José Luis Gaya makes perfect sense, while Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso would also be interesting, although he has played for the club before and seems closer of a transfer to Barcelona if he returns to Spain. The club have enough talent in reserve not to have to worry, but Dani Carvajal is not getting any younger. Expect them to add a young element at the back.

Real Madrid midfielder outlook

  • Stay : Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Marcos Asensio, Casemiro, Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga
  • Back from loan: Reinier
  • Departure : isco
  • Arrival : Aurelien Tchouameni
  • Uncertain futures: Dani Ceballos
  • Loan Army Options: Antonio Blanco, Peter

The established midfielder can only improve. The iconic trio of Kroos, Modric and Casemiro will continue to lead this team into the future, with Modric having just signed a new contract until the summer of 2023. Some departures are expected, such as that of Isco, who will be transferred for free, while it’s hard to imagine a place for Ceballos in the squad. The team already have great depth in midfield thanks to Camavinga and the versatility of Valverde, and it is expected to be reinforced this summer.

Ideal movements: With the transfer of young Frenchman Aurélien Tchouameni from AS Monaco already complete, what more do they want? They need to figure out what they have in Reinier, but they don’t need to tinker with that position, in truth. They will have as rich a midfield as one can imagine, and the arrival of young hopefuls from South America would be very wise. The arrival of Tchouameni almost certainly means they won’t be in the running for Paul Pogba, if they ever were.

Real Madrid Attack Prospects

  • I’m staying : Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo
  • Back from loan: Borja Mayoral, Takefusa Kubo
  • Departure : Gareth Bale, Mariano
  • Uncertain futures: Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard
  • Loan option: Juan Latasa

They need to make some moves here, and I think they’re going to hit hard. It’s Real Madrid, and that’s what they do. Mayoral probably isn’t considered good enough, Jovic hasn’t been good enough, Bale is gone and Mariano will surely look for minutes elsewhere. Kubo could definitely stay in place due to his potential but they would need a reserve striker or a big striker to replace Benzema in a few seasons. Their wing depth could also be enhanced with Hazard not working out at all.

Ideal movements: There have been links with Gabriel Jesus, but he probably won’t want to be a substitute again, will he? Mohamed Salah is certainly not on his way, he is staying at Liverpool for one more season, but there have been rumors recently about Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling. He would be an expensive player to acquire, but that has never stopped them before. Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak would be interesting for many reasons, and he offers a different style than Benzema. Likewise, looking at Benfica’s Darwin Nunez might have been wise, although his future is likely to be at Liverpool. But getting Isak and then trying to lure someone like Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka or another budding young star could put Los Blancos in a good long-term position after the disappointment of Mbappe staying in France.

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