With the La Liga transfer window set to open on 4th January, many Spanish clubs have started making plans as to which players they will target before deadline day on Monday 1st February. Real Madrid are one side which have already hit the headlines due to rumours of being linked to four world-class despite the club not currently being in a financial position to spend heavily.
Real Madrid are currently second in the La Liga table, tied on 32 points with leaders Atletico Madrid. Bookies such as bet22 have Los Blancos as second-favourites to win the league which would a record 35th league title for the club.
Bayern Munich’s David Alaba is set to leave the club due to being unable to agree new contract terms and it is understood that Real Madrid could have beaten Serie A side Juventus in the race for his signature.
The Austrian defender will leave Bayern Munich on a free transfer and Madrid have reportedly offered him in the region of €10m per season for the next three seasons.
Madrid do have competition from Juventus who are also very interested in Alaba but whether or not the Bianconeri will match Real Madrid offer is yet to be known.
As well as Alaba, Los Blancos are considering a move for Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga. It is understood that coach Zinedine Zidane would prefer to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United but president Florentino Perez sides more towards Camavinga. Both players are out of contract at the end of 2022 but the decision may come down to wage demands. Pogba is earning in the region of €15m at Manchester United and will likely demand a similar pay for a move to Real whereas Camavinga earns just €2m at his current club Rennes as so considerable savings could be made by opting for the youngster.
Perhaps the most exciting transfer rumour is Madrid’s plan to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland. The 20-year-old Norwegian striker has netted 10 goals so far this season in just 8 games in the Bundesliga as well as an impressive 6 goals in 4 matches in the Champions League and is currently one of the worlds most desireable players. However, Haaland is Real’s target for the summer of 2022 and the club has mapped out an interesting swap deal which could materialise.
Haaland currently has a €75m release clause and it is reported that Real Madrid are prepared to meet that clause in three instalments. Two payments of €25m will be made with the final part of the deal being the transfer of the Serbian forward Luka Jovic. It seems a reasonable offer given that Jovic is currently valued at around €30m.
Should the deal go ahead, Haaland will likely replace Karim Benzema as the Los Blancos striker in 2022.