Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, has chosen not to make any acquisitions this summer, paving the way for spectacular comebacks for Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid had been anticipated to overcome the pandemic’s financial limitations and spend out on a star signing or two in the months ahead, as one of the wealthiest teams in global football and pioneers of the mega-money transfer.
Erling Haaland, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, and all the usual suspects have been connected, while recent rumors in Spain indicated the latter is anticipating a new offer from Real Madrid before the window shuts.
Various fresh reports, citing Radio Marca, state, however, that Perez has informed the rest of the board that no new recruits are expected before the window shuts on 1 September.
If Perez is correct, this will be the second consecutive summer in which Los Blancos do not spend money on a player – something that has been almost unheard of since the acquisition of Luis Figo in 2000 launched the first Galactico period.
This implies that there may be some truth to Perez’s constant bleating about the club’s financial woes behind the scenes. However, few will shed a tear for them, given the breadth of Carlo Ancelotti’s present choices.
Gareth Bale, Martin Odegaard, Takefusa Kubo, and Dani Ceballos have all returned from loan this summer. If utilized correctly, any of those four players might act as a fresh acquisition for Ancelotti, with Odegaard in particular coming after a good loan stint with Arsenal.
In Bale’s situation, he is approaching the last year of his contract at the Bernabeu, and Zinedine Zidane’s departure means that a final opportunity after he returns from his post-season is not entirely off the table.
Additionally, there are alternatives inside the team from last season who may be eager to capitalize on the absence of fresh faces. Eden Hazard, whose move to Real Madrid in 2019 is quickly becoming one of the worst transactions in history, is returning after a respectable performance at Euro 2020, and he’ll be eager to put his injury woes behind him and reclaim the form that made him a Chelsea star.
Additionally, there is Isco, an Ancelotti favorite from his first stint in command, and Eder Militato, who could have lost his starting XI place had Real been able to spend another £60 million on a centre-back.
While the lack of additions is concerning, it may be a gift in disguise for Real, who will be forced to sort through what they already have. If the news is not good for them, it will be excellent for the talented stack of players they have accumulated over the years.
They currently have 24 first-team players, not including those on the verge of making the move up from the B-team and academy. You’d assume they’d be OK.