Real Madrid Transfer News: Latest on Cristiano Ronaldo and other summer 2022 window signings, loans & targets – Sporting News

  • September 9, 2022

With the La Liga title and UEFA Champions League double in hand, Real Madrid head into the 2022 summer offseason with a number of questions to answer.
The Real Madrid squad is aging, and while some younger players have climbed the ladder and established themselves as first-team regulars, they still rely on a number of older players and a succession plan will soon be required in the case of a few of them.
Karim Benzema, coming off a possible Ballon d’Or calibre season, is 34 years old, and an eventual decline is inevitable. Midfielder Toni Kroos is 32 years old and occasionally looked unable to keep up with the rigors of a full season, but his midfield partner Luka Modric still oozes quality at 36 years old. The club will keep all three around, but Los Blancos will surely be planning ahead.
Losing out to PSG for 23-year-old Kylian Mbappe was a painful blow, and Real Madrid’s response to the swing and miss could define the summer.
The Sporting News is rounding up the key updates — all day, every day — below. 
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Widespread reports in England and Spain claim United are now exploring the possibility of signing Casemiro from Real Madrid.
With deals for Frenkie de Jong and Adrien Rabiot effectively impossible, the Red Devils are said to be interested in signing the Brazil international.
The Guardian reports Casemiro, who has a contract until 2025, would command a sizeable transfer fee and there is little guarantee he would be interested in leaving the European champions to join a side in the UEFA Europa League.
UPDATE (AUG 19): Carlo Ancelotti confirmed Casemiro’s impending departure in his press conference.
“Casemiro wants to try a new challenge, and I and the club understand that. After all, he’s done for this club, we need to respect his decision.” It’s understood Casemiro trained with his Real Madrid teammates for the first 15 minutes of Friday morning’s training session, before saying his goodbyes.
Ancelotti continued: “Casemiro is leaving but we have a lot of resources to replace him. There is no turning back, Casemiro has decided to try a new challenge. We want to wish him the very best. Just yesterday I realised that Casemiro is leaving, but our plans don’t change – we’ll compete for everything with or without Casemiro.
“I think Casemiro has been a key player for us, he was important to Kroos and Modric – the combination was key to success. Casemiro’s teammates understand his decision, they respect it – it was his will to try a new challenge and we have to accept it.
“I can’t reply to why Casemiro traded European Champions for a struggling side, it’s his personal decision.”
With Cristiano Ronaldo desperate to leave Manchester United, a return to Real Madrid would appear a romantic option for both parties. 
But Marca reports that Real Madrid have no interest in a possible reunion and refuted claims of a possible meeting between Ronaldo and club president Florentino Perez. 
While Real aren’t keen, local rivals Atletico Madrid continue to be linked with a possible move. 
According to a report by Defensa Central on July 16, Real Madrid are one of a number of clubs chasing 18-year-old Brazilian teenager Matheus Nascimento.
However, the youngster, who plays for Botafogo in the Brazilian Serie A, is possibly close to a transfer to Lyon instead. The report states that Botafogo owner John Textor is hoping to secure a contract extension for Matheus before loaning him out to Lyon or Crystal Palace, both clubs that Textor is a shareholder of.
Still, the report states about 12 teams have spoken with Matheus’s representatives, of which Real Madrid is one. Currently, his Botafogo contract expires next summer.
It does feel like Real Madrid is winding down its business for the 2022 summer transfer window as the preseason draws closer, but there is one new rumor that has popped up recently. According to Spanish publication Defensa Central, Los Blancos are considering a move for Serge Gnabry of Bayern Munich.
The report, from July 6, states that Madrid would consider a €50 million (£43.2m / $52.6m) move for Gnabry, who wants out of Bayern, but only on the condition that the future of Marco Asensio is sorted first. Madrid has been publicly shopping Asensio all summer, but no resolution has yet been found. There would be no talks with Bayern regarding Gnabry until this is taken care of. Gnabry has been searching for a move away from Bayern for the entire window, entering the last season of his contract with the German club, but nothing concrete has materialized yet.
UPDATE (July 15): According to David Ornstein of The Athletic, Serge Gnabry has reversed course, turning down a move away from Bayern Munich in favor of penning a contract extension with Bayern. Fabrizio Romano reports the contract extension is for three additional years, keeping Gnabry at Allianz Arena through the summer of 2026.
According to Cadena Ser on June 14, Real Madrid could put a deal in place for Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham this year, but not for a permanent transfer this summer. With the Real Madrid roster full for this season, Los Blancos would prefer a deal for next summer.
The report states that because the Madrid roster has no more room for international players, the two clubs could come to an agreement that would see Los Blancos get a “preferential option” for next summer. This would allow Madrid to secure Bellingham at a cheaper price should his performances impress this coming year, inflating his value.
It’s unclear what Dortmund’s motivation for this deal would be, as his inflated value would only benefit the German club, and an early deal would instead cap his value. Defensa Central backed up the Cadena Ser report with similar news on June 19, stating Liverpool and Man United could present competition for Bellingham’s signature.
German international Toni Kroos has been with Real Madrid since 2014, and his presence in Los Blancos midfield has been ever-present. Kroos signed a new contract in the summer of 2019, running through July, 2023.
His Real Madrid future has never been in question, a loyal Madridista. However, at 34 years old, there are questions about the eventual conclusion to his footballing career, and he has increased speculation of impending retirement.
On June 20, Madrid-based Spanish journalist Francisco “Pacojo” Delgado reported on a Cadena Ser podcast program that Toni Kroos has decided not to extend his contract with Real Madrid at this time. The report stated that Kroos does not wish to become a burden to the club, and wants to wait and evaluate his performances this coming season before deciding whether he can still play at the level Real Madrid require.
Madrid confirmed in a statement on June 11 that France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni would be officially unveiled as their player on June 14, when he will undergo a final medical to seal his move from Monaco.
The 22-year-old has signed a six-year deal at the Bernabeu.
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On June 2, Real Madrid finally announced the signing of German defender Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer from Chelsea.The talented 29-year-old has agreed a four-year deal with the club.
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Below is the updated Real Madrid first-team roster. New additions during the summer 2022 window are noted in bold:
Goalkeepers (2): Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin
Defenders (7): Antonio Rudiger (CB) David Alaba (CB), Dani Carvajal (RB), Nacho Fernandez (CB), Miguel Gutierrez (LB), Ferland Mendy (LB), Eder Militao (CB), Lucas Vazquez (RB), Antonio Rudiger (CB), Marcelo (LB).
Midfielders (6): Eduardo Camavinga (CM), Casemiro (CM), Dani Ceballos (CM), Toni Kroos (CM), Luka Modric (CM), Federico Valverde (CM), Aurelin Tchouameni (CM), Isco (CAM).
Forwards (7): Marco Asensio (RW), Karim Benzema (CF), Mariano Diaz (CF), Eden Hazard (LW), Luka Jovic (CF), Vinicius Junior (LW), Rodrygo (RW), Gareth Bale (LW).
CB = center back; LB = left back; RB = right back; CM = central midfielder; CAM = attacking midfielder; CF = center forward; LW = left wing; RW = right wing
The current Real Madrid projected first-choice starting lineup, when completely healthy, currently looks like:
Real Madrid projected starting XI (4-3-3, left to right): Courtois (GK) — Mendy, Rudiger, Militao, Carvajal — Kroos, Casemiro, Modric — Vinicius, Benzema, Rodrygo.