the January transfer window will be exceptionally busy during real Madrid. The main objective of the club is to complete negotiations with Kylian Mbappé’s transfer project, the main details of this operation could even be settled before the window is opened. But the French striker not the only player who could arrive on a free transfer next year. Several players will be out of contract next summer, providing opportunities to bolster the squad with big stars.
Mbappe (age: 22)
The main objective and a priority for Madrid. After last summer’s melodrama, the player’s situation is likely to be resolved long before the summer transfer market opens. The French striker’s contract with PSG will expire in June and Madrid could agree a deal for the player as early as January 1. Kylian could commit to Madrid a few hours after the New Year.
Haaland (age: 21)
The gentlemen’s deal the Norwegian has struck with Borussia Dortmund for the club to list all offers coming their way from 2022 means Europe’s top clubs will be lining up for Haaland’s signature. Mino Raiola, the striker’s agent, and the Norwegian’s father embarked on a mini-tour of Europe in the spring, visiting Real Madrid, Barcelona and several top Premier League clubs. In January, Manchester City arranged a meeting with Raiola.
Lewandowski (age: 33)
The Polish striker can’t stop scoring goals. He has turned 40 in each of the last six seasons. He will be out of contract in 2023 and his future at Bayern has been questioned on numerous occasions. The final word from Germany is that he’s not too happy with Bayern’s interest in signing Haaland. The Norwegian’s arrival could send Lewy out, possibly to Madrid and at a reasonable price as he enters the final part of his contract.
Pogba (age: 28)
The French midfielder could end up at the Bernabéu on the third attempt. Madrid wanted to sign him in 2016 and 2019 but a deal never materialized. His contract with Manchester United ends in June 2022, which makes him another attractive proposition for next summer. Securing Mbappé could help Madrid entice Pogba to join him in the Spanish capital.
Rüdiger (age: 28)
Another player whose clubs will be clamoring to sign next summer. The German centre-back’s contract with Chelsea expires at the end of this season. He would be a great reinforcement for a position Madrid didn’t strengthen enough when Ramos and Varane left last summer. the Operating mode Bringing him on board would be the same as with Alaba – wait until his contract ends to offer him an attractive contract – 12 million euros per season, the same as the Austrian earns.
Kessie (age: 24)
The midfielder will be a free agent once his contract with AC Milan comes to an end and it has sparked interest from Real Madrid and Barca. But there is a third club keeping tabs on the player – PSG are hoping to repeat the deal they did a few months ago with Donnarumma and get the player for free when his contract ends.
Sterling (age: 26)
The player effectively put himself in the market with his statements in an interview for the Business of Sport US Summit: “If there was an opportunity to go elsewhere, I would be open at that time. As a player English all I know is the Premier League and I always thought that one day I would like to play abroad and take on this challenge. In fact, I should learn different languages. I like the ‘French accent and Spanish’. It couldn’t be a better time for him to move on – his contract expires in 2023 while City regularly renew the terms of their key players; they could opt to sell Sterling next year to make some money on him before he gets a chance to break free. Another option for Madrid next summer.