As the summer sun begins to cast long shadows over the Santiago Bernabeu, the winds of change are blowing through the ranks of Real Madrid. The Spanish giants, known for their star-studded line-up, are reportedly preparing for a significant reshuffle in their squad.
According to a recent report from AS, several players, including the likes of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Eden Hazard, and Mariano Diaz, have already bid adieu to the Merengues. But the exodus doesn’t stop there.
The Departure Lounge
Alvaro Odriozola, the right-back who has found himself out of favour, is rumoured to be on the brink of an exit, with Basque outfits Athletic Club and Real Sociedad showing keen interest.
The 24-year-old Ukrainian international and backup goalkeeper, Andriy Lunin, is another player who might be packing his bags soon. Despite being at the club for five years, Lunin has struggled to secure regular game-time, thanks to Thibaut Courtois’ imperious displays in goal.
The Search for a New Guardian
In anticipation of Lunin’s potential departure, Real Madrid is reportedly on the hunt for a seasoned campaigner who can provide cover for Courtois and be comfortable with being the second-choice shot-stopper.
AS claims that the Merengues have already identified three potential candidates as replacements for Lunin, including two former academy prospects from the Spanish capital outfit.
The Potential Successors
David Soria of Getafe, Fernando Pacheco of RCD Espanyol, and Stole Dimitrievski of Rayo Vallecano are the three players being lined up as replacements for the Ukrainian.
Soria, 30, spent several years at Real Madrid before leaving for Leicester City in 2012. He had a stint at Sevilla before signing for Getafe in 2018. However, his time at the Madrilenian outfit could be coming to an end, with some reports even suggesting that he has agreed personal terms with Los Blancos.
Pacheco is another player who spent time at Real Madrid, having come through their academy ranks. The 31-year-old left the Merengues in 2015 and had spells at Alaves and Almeria before signing for Espanyol in January earlier this year. However, following their relegation, he could follow teammate Joselu to Real Madrid.
Finally, Dimitrievski is also an option for the Spanish capital giants given that the 29-year-old’s current contract with Rayo Vallecano expires next year.
The Goalkeeper Conundrum
A report from MARCA highlights that Real Madrid could bring in a new goalkeeper even if Lunin decides to stay, which would push the Ukrainian to the third-choice slot. It remains to be seen how the record European champions restructure their goalkeeping department.
As the summer transfer window unfolds, the fans of the Merengues will be watching closely, hoping that the changes will bring about a successful new era for their beloved club.