5 ways Real Madrid must use summer 2022 to prepare for the future

Real Madrid, Florentino Perez (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Gareth Bale (Photo by ANP via Getty Images)
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Cleaning Up

As Real Madrid aim to build for the foreseeable future, certain players that are currently in the squad will need to find somewhere else to go. The easiest players to get rid of will be the ones who have contracts expiring. Therefore, three players with fairly high wages will be off the books by the time this summer begins. Gareth Bale, Isco and Marcelo are all not expected to have their contracts renewed and that will not only free up wages but also spots in the 25-man squad. Afterward, the next step will be looking at who could be sold or loaned out.

Mariano Diaz has continuously refused to leave, but that doesn’t mean Real Madrid won’t keep trying to find some type of solution for the striker. Also, if Haaland were to join then that means that even Luka Jovic could be deemed surplus to requirements. Selling Jovic could prove to be an easier task than Mariano but neither one would be an ‘easy’ move, unfortunately.

Then, we look at the other positions. Andriy Lunin has a very bright future ahead of him but that is currently being hindered but the understandable lack of playing time at the club. Maybe a loan move for the goalkeeper could be on the cards? In defense, Jesus Vallejo has simply not had any time on the pitch and it’s clear that he’s not part of the plans for the upcoming season but will teams be willing to pay for a player who has been practically benched for a full season? That remains to be seen.

If Real Madrid are able to get Lunin, Mariano, Jovic, and Vallejo off the books at least on loan in addition to parting ways with Bale, Isco, and Marcelo then that frees up a lot of space in the team for developments. Maybe bringing in Mbappe and Haaland will not be the only moves as reports also have mentioned Aurélien Tchouaméni and Ryan Gravenberch in addition to potentially a right-back.