Real Madrid have a huge week coming up with two matches against Liverpool in the Champions League and one against Barcelona that could decide La Liga. But Madridistas are always thinking about the summer 2021 transfer window, knowing that the long-term success of this club could hinge on signing a star attacker.
Los Blancos have also been linked to a couple of big-name defenders, as the futures of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane are uncertain.
Let’s take a look at six possible blockbuster transfers that could take place in the summer 2021 window.
PSG FW Kylian Mbappe
The headliner is Kylian Mbappe. He is one of the most prolific goal-scorers in world football despite only being 22 years old. Mbappe has 20 goals and 6 assists in Ligue 1, as well as 6 goals and 3 assists in the Champions League. And 3 of those goals came in one night against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
Madridistas are dreaming of more Mbappe hat-tricks against La Blaugrana, albeit in Royal White colors. Mbappe has been linked with a move to Madrid for well over a year, and Florentino Perez finally has him in sight this summer. Despite the pandemic, this signing could be achievable, as Mbappe has continually rejected PSG’s renewal offers. He seems to dream of Madrid.
Mbappe is by far Los Blancos’ top target because of his ability to score goals as a wide forward. A trio of Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, and Kylian Mbappe would take Real Madrid from one of Europe’s most anemic attacks among the big clubs to one of the true elites. It is a level Madridistas expect.
Karim Benzema is the only player they can rely on for double-digit goals each season. He’s banging home about 20 per league campaign since Ronaldo’s departure to Turin, but him doing that alone is not really enough. They need Mbappe.
Juventus FW Cristiano Ronaldo
A reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely, but it is not implausible. If Real Madrid cannot sign their top targets Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, Ronaldo will emerge on the radar. Juventus are at risk of failing to qualify for the Champions League, as they stumbled to a 1-0 loss to Benevento and a 2-2 draw with Torino in recent matches. Both sides are relegation candidates.
It’s hard to see the Bianconeri finishing outside the top four, but if it happens, Ronaldo would almost certainly want out, right? I cannot even fathom Ronaldo playing in the Europa League.
Real Madrid must keep their eye on the future and go all-in for Mbappe or Haaland. And they will probably try to sign both, knowing how ambitious Perez is. But if, for whatever reason, they cannot pull either deal off, Ronaldo is a more achievable backup plan than some of the other options, such as Harry Kane.