Real Madrid get their first ‘Here We Go’ for the summer 2022 transfer window

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The famous three words that have become football media’s biggest catchphrase and a source of joy for so many fans in the transfer market. Real Madrid fans have been anxiously awaiting hearing these three words from Fabrizio Romano in reference to Kylian Mbappe, but for months and months, they have had to wait in silence as Mbappe juggles political pressure from France and Qatar before making his official decision.

However, Real Madrid can look forward to at least one marquee free-agent transfer this summer, building on the brilliant David Alaba signing in 2021.

Because Fab has given the “Here We Go” for the signing of Chelsea center back Antonio Rudiger, who had been linked to the Merengues for months, unlinked, and then linked again with a vengeance after his superb performance against Los Blancos in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals.

Per Romano, Real Madrid will not officially announce Antonio Rudiger‘s signing until after the 2021/22 season, but the agreement will be sign within the next few days.

Real Madrid are getting one of the world’s best CBs in Antonio Rudiger

Rudiger’s contract with Madrid will take him through the 2025/26 season, so it will be a four-year deal.

Rudiger is a massive signing for Madrid. He has been one of the world’s best center backs over the past couple of seasons since finding his footing under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea.

He played a key role in the Blues winning the Champions League last season. Rudiger’s aggression and ball-playing ability make him an excellent fit for Real, and he could enable David Alaba to move back to left back more often, where Alaba is a much better progressor of the ball and passer/crosser than Ferland Mendy.

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Madridistas don’t want Real to settle on Rudiger, of course. Fullback help, Aurelien Tchouameni, and another forward are all on the wishlist. But Rudiger fills a very important need, given Nacho Fernandez clearly cannot be the third center back for another season