Real Madrid new signings: Confirmed ins and outs for January 2024

Real Madrid are enjoying a strong season with just one defeat in La Liga and with silverware already in the bag thanks to their Supercopa triumph in Saudi Arabia. Carlo Ancelotti will be happy with how things are going and it’s unlikely we’ll see many Real Madrid new signings in January, after a summer which saw them spend big on Jude Bellingham.

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Real Madrid new signings: January 2024 arrivals

Confirmed Real Madrid signings in January 2024

There have been no Real Madrid signings in January 2024 yet with Los Blancos typically preferring to do their business in the summer.

They’ll certainly be happy with their main purchase last year with Jude Bellingham already looking a snip at an initial £88.5m. The Englishman has been outstanding in La Liga, hitting the ground running from day one and he’s vastly exceeded expectations in terms of his goal return with 17 in all competitions already.

There were four other summer signings including Kepa and Fran Garcia who have been much less convincing. It’s still too early to judge youngster Arda Guler who has only just got fit after injury. Meanwhile Joselu has offered their attack a different dimension and the experienced striker has filled in for Vinicius Junior during his periods on the sidelines, scoring 10 goals in the process.

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Kylian Mbappe remains Real Madrid's top summer 2024 transfer target – Photo by Icon Sport

However it’s doubtful he’ll be at the club next term with Joselu seen by many as a stop-gap signing ahead of a long awaited summer move for Kylian Mbappe.

If there are to be any notable arrivals at the Santiago Bernabeu this month, then it’ll most likely be a central defender. With Eder Militao and David Alaba having both suffered ACL injuries, they are really short in that department and there has even been speculation of a move for former player Raphael Varane, although it’s doubtful Real Madrid would want to cover his current Manchester United salary.

Confirmed Real Madrid departures in January 2024

There haven’t been any outgoings either from the Real Madrid squad so far this month.

Los Blancos do seem to have a real knack for judging when to let players leave though and it’s striking how they haven’t really missed some of their former stars like Casemiro and Karim Benzema.

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Summer departure Karim Benzema is reportedly already unhappy at Al-Ittihad – Photo by Icon Sport

Along with the Frenchman, Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz also exited on free transfers in the summer and while you can question whether Real Madrid might have been wiser to try to sell those players when they could still get a fee, they’ll feel as though they were shrewd enough in letting those players leave and they are averaging more goals per game this term (2.11 vs 1.97) in La Liga than they managed last term when Benzema and Asensio were still wearing white.

Looking ahead to the summer, it’s that time of year again when Real Madrid must decide whether to renew the contracts of long-serving midfield maestros Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. On current form, both look worthy of fresh deals and it’s unlikely that the Spanish giants would consider selling any of their other stars this summer.


Mark is a freelance football writer based in Madrid. He regularly attends and covers La Liga matches around Spain, whilst also following football across Europe.