Real Madrid could recruit three midfielders this summer should Sami Khedira and Casemiro depart the Santiago Bernabeu before the transfer deadline. Toni Kroos is a target for Madrid as is Ruben Pardo of Real Sociedad, while Khedira has been linked with the Premier League’s elite - Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United. Casemiro could also move to England.
Real Madrid have established themselves among the leading contenders to sign Kroos, with the situation of the German midfielder still unclear. Kroos, as has been well documented, is out of contract with Bayern Munich next summer, and there has yet to be an indication from the player that he will renew.
Bayern maintain they want Kroos to stay at the Allianz Arena, and an offer has been made, but the longer it goes on, the more likely to would seem that the 24-year-old will depart. Last week, meanwhile, Kroos was provided with a chance to publicly commit in a press conference, but only said there was “nothing new to report”.
Kroos camp meet with Madrid
Real Madrid, it is claimed, have already made a proposal to Kroos worth £4 million-per-year, and it may yet be that they are able to bring him to Spain this summer, rather than wait 12 months to do so. Bayern could seemingly be prepared to cut their losses on the Germany international, with an offer of £20 million reportedly one they would entertain.
According to El Confidencial, representatives of Kroos have been in Madrid in recent days to discuss a proposed deal, but he may not be the only midfielder who arrives at the club once the transfer window opens.
Pardo and Kroos to push Khedira out?
Also wanted by Madrid is Ruben Pardo, the 21-year-old Real Sociedad defensive midfield player, who made 40 appearances across all competitions in the recently concluded club campaign. Pardo signed a new contract in May last year, and it would take a bid of €30 million to activate his release clause.
Pardo has seemingly been identified as a replacement for Sami Khedira, who was frequently been mentioned as a target for Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United. Khedira spent much of the season injured after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament, but was able to regain his place upon his return.
However, a departure from Madrid has not been ruled out, with all three of Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal reported to be in the market for a holding player to anchor their respective midfields. He has been valued at £20 million.
Chelsea and Manchester United, meanwhile, have also been credited with strong interest in Kroos, and it may be that his proposed arrival, along with that of Pardo, at Real Madrid could unlock a potential deal for either club to agree with regards Khedira.
Casemiro to follow Ozil?
Arsenal, meanwhile, have had Casemiro’s name pushed in their direction more than any other club. The 22-year-old midfielder only joined Real Madrid last year, but opportunities have been limited given the numerous options at the disposal of Carlo Ancelotti.
The Gunners maintain good relations with Madrid following the club record signing of Mesut Ozil last summer, which may offer them a firm footing were they to move for Casemiro. Along with the Brazilian and Khedira, Arsenal have also been linked with young Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.