Real Madrid has had a highly successful 2021/22 season and the club had to take time to enjoy the success, but the honeymoon period wasn’t that long. The night at the Bernabeu where the Champions League celebration took place marked the end of the 21/22 season, and the next day marked the beginning of a new season.
And the planning for 2022/23 has gone well so far, as the signings of Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni have been completed, and announced officially by the club. Tchouameni has already been presented as a Real Madrid player.
We still have a long summer ahead of us, before the transfer window closes. How active will Real Madrid be in the coming weeks, and will they sign another player this summer? These might be some of the questions every Madridista might have in their mind.
In an interview with El Chiringuito, President Florentino Perez has confirmed that there won’t be any more signings for now, as the squad is full at the moment. But he stressed the fact that it will depend on the departures and anything can happen in this long summer.
We don’t know what’s going to happen in the next two to three months, but I feel that the club should push to make a third signing this summer, particularly for the attack.
The right-wing needs reinforcement
Real Madrid’s right-wing issues were pretty much clear for the most part of the 2021/22 season until Rodrygo found his rhythm and ended the season on a fantastic note. But the Brazilian hasn’t proved that he can do that consistently throughout the season, and proper competition can help the 21-year-old further push himself.
We can’t expect Marco Asensio, whose future is unclear and performances aren’t up to the mark, to provide tough competition to Rodrygo, who hasn’t established himself as a permanent starter for Real Madrid yet. And if Asensio leaves the club, the only competitors to Rodrygo might be Eden Hazard, who would have to play out of position, and Lucas Vazquez, who is clearly a rotational option.
So there is a need for Real Madrid to identify the perfect target for the right-wing and sign that player.
The club wanted Kylian Mbappe to occupy that spot on the right (I highly doubt if Mbappe would’ve played from the right if he signed for Real), but things didn’t go the way the club wanted, and he will now stay at PSG for three more years.
The Mbappe deal might have failed, but there are still some quality alternatives in the transfer market. My favourite option from the current players available in the market is Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry, whose continuity at the German club doesn’t look guaranteed. But the club doesn’t consider him as an option according to reports, which is a decision the club might regret in the future.
There are players apart from Gnabry in the market, and the club should try to reinforce the right-wing by signing a proper right-winger, whose best position is on the right, and not just any other winger whose best doesn’t come from the right.
Another area where a signing might be needed is the striker position. Karim Benzema is the undisputed starter, but he needs to have an able back-up, with neither Luka Jovic nor Mariano Diaz proving that they can be Benzema’s deputy.
If both of them leave, the club might have to look into the market, with many young strikers and top-class strikers like Raul de Tomas available. Castilla’s Juanmi Latasa will be another option, as the club has reportedly told his agent that they wouldn’t listen to any offers for him.
Sales are key in order for Real Madrid to sign some more players
As Florentino Perez mentioned in his interview, the squad is full at the moment, and all the 25 spots are occupied. So it does make sense for the club to focus on departures and empty some shirt numbers, before trying to sign another player.
In attack, Luka Jovic and Mariano Diaz are two players that are expected to leave the club, but we have to wait and watch before we completely believe that Mariano is leaving Real Madrid, given his past.
Marco Asensio is a player whose future is in the air, as he has entered the last year of his contract. But he hasn’t reached an agreement with the club regarding a renewal, and his latest interviews suggest that the player wants to feel more important, and become a regular starter. The club might look to sell him if he doesn’t renew, but he has also talked about the possibility of fulfilling his contract before leaving as a free agent.
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If at least two of these three forwards leave the club, then we can hope to see some signings for the attack. If other players like Jesus Vallejo and Dani Ceballos, who have been linked with a departure, and returning loanees like Takefusa Kubo and Alvaro Odriozola end up leaving the club, that will create further room for the club to get some new players.