Real Madrid Transfers: A perfect replacement for every player who could leave in the summer

Real Madrid, Gareth Bale, Marcelo (Photo by JOHANN GRODER/APA/AFP via Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Gareth Bale, Marcelo (Photo by JOHANN GRODER/APA/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Real Madrid, Rafa Marin (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Rafa Marin (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images) /

Jesus Vallejo – Rafa Marin

Jesus Vallejo returned to the club last summer after his disappointing loan spell at Granada, and the club chose to retain him only because they were saving for Kylian Mbappe, and couldn’t afford to sign a new defender to replace Raphael Varane. He’s the club’s fourth-choice center-back, but he hasn’t been able to get a lot of minutes this season. We can also expect the club to look forward to selling him this season.

It is very difficult to sign a player as the fourth-choice defender, and Nacho is too good to be demoted from third-choice to fourth-choice. It might be better for the club to promote one of their best talents in Castilla to the first team, like Rafa Marin. The tall and quick Spaniard has been a revelation for Raul’s side in his first season as a Castilla regular. AS have reported this season that Carlo Ancelotti has been impressed by the 19-year-old defender, which is surely a great sign for Marin’s Real Madrid future.

Espanyol, Raul de Tomas
Espanyol, Raul de Tomas (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images) /

Luka Jovic – Raul De Tomas

Luka Jovic has struggled a lot in his Real Madrid career, and it’s safe to say that the club might be looking to sell him this summer. It might be an absence of luck, intent or chemistry, but he simply hasn’t been able to prove himself at the club, and he needs to leave the club for his own welfare.

The club has been linked heavily with Erling Haaland, but I don’t think Haaland will come to Real Madrid as long as Benzema’s the first-choice striker. The ideal second-choice striker for the club should be someone like Espanyol’s Raul De Tomas, another La Fabrica graduate.

The Spaniard has scored 13 goals for the Catalan club so far this season, and he is one of the most underrated players in LaLiga. He won’t cost a lot, but he’s already 27, and I don’t know if a player of that age would be willing to accept a second-choice role, though RDT, as written on his jersey, has mentioned in an interview with AS that he does dream of succeeding at Real Madrid. But the club should look to sign a good striker like him, especially when Benzema’s workload isn’t being managed properly and his risk of injury is increasing every week.

There’s another option in Borja Mayoral, but I think De Tomas can be a better fit and Borja Mayoral hasn’t yet reached that level, despite having a good 2020/21 season at Roma and a good start to life at Getafe this season.