October 4, 2022

Real Madrid’s unlikely journey to Champions League glory has once again validated the unrivaled greatness of the Spanish club and how it’s never wise to count them. Underdogs against PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, they had attacking outbursts from the round of 16 to the semis before earning an unexpected win over Liverpool in the final thanks to Vinicius Jr.’s goal and Thibaut’s legendary performance Courteous in the net. Remember, they lost to a side most hadn’t even heard of in Sheriff Tiraspol during the group stage, only to end the season as kings of Europe for a record 14th time.

Looking ahead to next season, they will obviously be seen as the favorites to win it again. The La Liga champions also need to feature to improve, keeping their core but adding to it. They may have missed out on superstar Kylian Mbappe, the French striker remaining at PSG, but they are instead ready to attack with the best player in the world in Karim Benzema and a budding superstar in Vinicius Jr.

Here’s an overview of the situation with the Real Madrid squad, who they could and should go after and much more:

Real Madrid Goalkeeper Prospects

  • Stay : Courteous
  • Join: None at the moment
  • Possibility of loan: Andriy Lunin

The position is in good hands as Courtois showed in the final with his masterful display. He testified for one of them to claim he is the best goalkeeper in the world with his incredible saves against a searing Liverpool attack. Los Blancos are placed in this position with the Belgian, and Andriy Lunin is a highly rated Ukrainian player who is his replacement. Lunin has star potential, so it wouldn’t really be surprising to see another loan move for him, having previously been to Leganes, Valladolid and Oviedo.

Ideal movements: Courtois is only 30 so there’s really no need to make any notable moves. There have been links with Gabriel Slolina, the young American with no shortage of suitors, although any move would likely involve a loan move to his current club Chicago Fire. Adding a young prospect makes a lot of sense when looking down the road. Someone like Genk’s Maarten Vandervoordt would be a wise move, but acquiring him would also probably have to come with a loan somewhere to get minutes.

Real Madrid Defense Outlook

  • Stay : Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Nacho, Ferland Mendy
  • Join: Antonio Rudiger
  • Back from loan: Alvaro Odriozola
  • Leaving: Marcello
  • Uncertain future: Jesus Vallejo
  • Possibility of loan: Mario Gila, Miguel Gutierrez, Rafael Zamora

Los Blancos, despite all the money they spend, now have Militao, then free transfers from Alaba last season and Rudiger this season. With Nacho’s versatility, there’s no need to worry about center back depth. Odriozola is a high-ceilinged player who just hasn’t had the expected impact at the back, but maybe he’ll get another chance. They would be wise to add Marcelo’s starting full-back position but Alaba can play there as well.

Ideal movements: Tackle a full-back like Valencia captain Jose Luis Gaya makes a lot of sense, while Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso would also be interesting, although he has played for the club before and is closing in on a move to Barcelona if he returns to Spain. They have enough talent coming up to not have to worry but Dani Carvajal is not getting any younger. Look for them to add a young piece to the back.

Real Madrid midfielder outlook

  • Stay : Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Marcos Asensio, Casemiro, Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga
  • Back from loan: Reinier
  • Leaving: isco
  • Arriving: Aurelien Tchouameni
  • Uncertain future: Dani Ceballos
  • Loan Army Options: Antonio Blanco, Peter

The established midfielder is only getting better. The iconic trio of Kroos, Modric and Casemiro will continue to lead this team in the future, with Modric having just signed a new contract until the summer of 2023. There are some starts with Isco at the door on a free transfer, so that it’s hard to see a place for Ceballos in the team. Already with enormous midfield depth thanks to Camavinga and Valverde’s versatility, they should add to that this summer.

Ideal movements: While the transfer of young Frenchman Aurélien Tchouameni from AS Monaco is already complete, what more do they want? They need to figure out what they have in Reinier, but they don’t have to mess around with the position that much, in truth. They will have as loaded a midfield as one could really imagine, and if anything a young prospect from South America would make a lot of sense. Landing Tchouameni almost certainly means they won’t be in the Paul Pogba contest, if they ever were.

Real Madrid attacking prospects

  • Stay : Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo
  • Back from loan: Borja Mayoral, Takefusa Kubo
  • Leaving: Gareth Bale, Mariano
  • Uncertain future: Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard
  • Possibility of loan: Juan Latasa

They need to move here, and I think they will cause a stir. It’s Real Madrid, and that’s what they do. Mayoral probably isn’t considered good enough, Jovic hasn’t been good enough, Bale is gone and Mariano will surely look for minutes elsewhere. Kubo could definitely stick around due to the promise he has, but they could use a backup striker or a big one to take over from Benzema in a few seasons. Their wing depth could also be improved as Hazard didn’t work at all.

Ideal movements: There have been links to Gabriel Jesus, but he probably won’t want to be a substitute anymore, will he? Mohamed Salah is certainly not happening, he is staying at Liverpool for one more season, but there has been buzz lately about Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling. He would be an expensive player to acquire, but that hasn’t stopped them before. Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak would make sense for many reasons, and he offers a different style to Benzema’s. Moreover, chasing Darwin Nunez from Benfica could have been wise, although his future probably lies with Liverpool. But getting Isak and then trying to lure someone like Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka or another budding young star could set up Los Blancos well in the long run after the disappointment of Mbappe staying in France.