Six players who could transfer to Real Madrid this summer

Martin Macdonald
Martin Macdonald Updated: 17 Jun 2022 11:53 CEST 4 min read
Kieran Tierney, Arsenal, 2021/22

Real Madrid is undoubtedly the most glamorous club in world football and has a history that is studded by the game's greatest talent.

Los Blancos are also a club noted for their ambition in the transfer market, and the summer window of 2022 promises to be no different.

Kylian Mbappe might have surprisingly knocked them back, preferring to stay instead at Paris Saint-Germain, but Los Blancos have already recruited Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer then Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco for €100 million.

Their ambitions in the market do not stop there, though, as the list below proves.

What goalkeepers could transfer to Real Madrid this summer?

Thibaut Courtois is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and won't be going anywhere anytime soon, while Andriy Lunin is a capable back up.

What defenders could transfer to Real Madrid this summer?

Antonio Rudiger

Antonio Rudiger

Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)

Kieran Tierney has impressed as a full-back and in central defence for Arsenal since making the move from Celtic.

According to reports in Spain, the Scotland international’s performances have attracted the interest of both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Though Tierney is untested in the Champions League apart from a handful of appearances with the Hoops, he has proved in the Premier League he can handle the top level.

Pau Torres (Villarreal)

Pau Torres was a wanted man last summer, with Manchester United, Tottenham and Madrid strongly linked. Spurs reportedly bid €60m.

He didn't welcome any advances, though, stating his wish to play in the Champions League with hometown club Villarreal.

Now that the dream of playing in the Champions League with Villarreal has been achieved, he may be more open to a move, especially with them reaching the final four already.

Pedro Porro (Sporting CP)

Pedro Porro will become a Sporting CP on 1 July when his loan from Manchester City is made permanent, but that does not mean he will stay in Lisbon. Targeted by Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona, it’s looking like he could be the star of a whirlwind transfer saga this summer.

After impressing during his two years in Lisbon, FootballTransfers understands that Sporting could potentially sell him on for a bigger fee.

Los Blancos are looking for a new right-back and could sell Alvaro Odriozola to fund this one.

Fran Garcia (Rayo Vallecano)

With Marcelo released and Ferland Mendy struggling against Chelsea in the Champions League, even receiving a few boos from the home fans as he was substituted, it is likely a new left-back will come in.

Tierney above is one of the names near the top of the list, but a cheaper option would be Fran Garcia.

The young Spaniard is a youth product of Real Madrid and would probably welcome the opportunity to return and try and impress.

What midfielders could transfer to Real Madrid this summer?

By signing Aurelien Tchouameni, Real Madrid have likely done their business in midfield for the summer. Paul Pogba had been linked to the Bernabeu club but instead appears destined for Juventus - and in any case, the former Manchester United man was only second choice to his compatriot in any case.

What forwards could transfer to Real Madrid this summer?

Kylian Mbappe, PSG, 2021-22

Rafael Leao (Milan)

Following the failed pursuit of Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid are unlikely to move for another forward this summer, with other areas on the field being prioritised by Carlo Ancelotti and his staff.

However, if any deal is to be done, Milan striker Rafael Leao could be the type of player they are interested in. He posted impressive numbers in Serie A last season and has the type of versatility that Mbappe boasts as he is able to play wide or through the centre. With youth on his side, he might also be willing to spend time on the bench as a backup to Benzema.

A price tag of around €100m is likely to put Los Blancos off.

Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich)

Serge Gnabry's contract is up at the end of the 2022-23 season and Bayern have been trying to tie the 26-year-old down to a new deal but to no avail, according to Goal.

He has been an integral part of the squad that has won three Bundesliga titles and a Champions League since he joined from Werder Bremen in 2017.

Madrid could do a lot worse than to sign the German, even if Mbappe does arrive, especially with Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale set to depart.