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ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 27: Dani Carvajal with his teammates of Real Madrid celebrates the victory after the group G match of the UEFA Champions League between AS Roma and Real Madrid at Stadio Olimpico on November 27, 2018 in Rome, Italy.

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10 Players Real Madrid May Sign In The Next Summer Transfer Window

This season is over for Real Madrid as they are out of Copa Del Rey, UEFA Champions League and finished third in LaLiga table. The appointments of Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari did not have the desired impact.

The problem started for Real Madrid when both Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane left the club at the end of the 2017/18 season. Zidane managed Real Madrid so well that the club won 3 consecutive UEFA Champions League titles. But the departure of goal machine Cristiano Ronaldo left the club in deep trouble. Ronaldo joined Juventus in summer 2018 and helped the club in clinching another Seria A title. In the absence of CR7, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale did not perform consistently well enough. And the long term injuries to key players in the squad pushed the club into deep trouble.

Their inability to deliver a LaLiga title makes it imperative for the club to once again go into the transfer market and come up with signings that could deliver more titles. Now that Zidane is back, fans can expect a major overhaul of the squad in the coming transfer window.

As compared to the performance of the team in the last three seasons, the whole squad did not perform up to the mark. Some players suffered from injuries at crucial stages of the season, some key players left the club and some of the (new) players could not adjust their game fast enough to the game style of the different managers.Real Madrid suffered a lot against those teams who like to press higher on the pitch. Players were frequently unable to compete with the pace of the opposition. A 5-1 humiliation against Barcelona and shambolic performance against Ajax in the CL have been perfect examples of the players' mediocre performance. Goal scoring options for Real Madrid are also limited as the midfielders contributed to only 23 goals in the whole season. As far as strikers are concerned, they contributed to 29 goals in all competitions and assisted 8 times only.

There are many other reasons for the dismal season of Real Madrid, among them lack of creativity and speed in the midfield, imperfect defending and frequent blunders of newly signed goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

At the back, Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos didn't have the best season as well, and their defensive partnership was not at the peak as compared to how they performed in the previous two seasons.

Real Madrid also need to strengthen their back as their backup options aren't great. The left-back position of Madrid also needs to be upgraded as Marcelo has an awful season. Some rumors are coming out that Marcelo is set to leave the club in the summer. If this is true, Real need to invest heavily in this position.Real Madrid need a complete overhaul of the squad and there aren’t many areas in which Real Madrid are well stocked.

However, there are some positions where they can use the players of the current squad and these positions are discussed below.

Goalkeepers:

Indeed, the club does not need to worry about their goalkeepers. Thibaut Courtois – golden glove winner in FIFA WC 2018 – and Keylor Navas are two of the best goalies in the Madrid squad. As the club will be participating in 3 competitions in the coming season, they can easily rotate their goalkeepers.

Center Backs:

If Sergio Ramos can revitalize himself and perform the way he performed in the last 2-3 seasons, then Real Madrid does not need to worry about their center back partnership. If Raphael Varane decides to leave in the summer, the club can replace him with Nacho and Jesus Vallejo.

Full Backs:

The long term injury to Marcelo and his below-par performance had made the Madrid defense vulnerable. But the Brazilian has recovered from injury and the return of Achraf Hakimi – who has performed well in his loan spell at Dortmund – may well resolve the full back position.

On the bench are players like Sergio Reguilon, Daniel Carvajal, and Alvaro Odriozola. If Madrid, somehow manages to keep Marcelo, then they do not need to worry about their full back position as the experience of Marcelo and the young bench may well be enough to compete in next season.

Defensive Midfield:

The gap left by Xabi Alonso was not easy to fill but the signing of Luka Modric paid off successfully. With the average performance of Modric this season, Madrid is looking for a defensive midfielder. However, Madrid has quite a strong and young midfield partnership in the form of Casemiro and Marcos Llorente. Given the age of the duo, Madrid has a long term replacement of Modric and Alonso.Now that we’ve identified the areas where Real Madrid may have sufficiently good players for the position, let’s look at those areas where the club needs to strengthen in the summer transfer window.

Attacking Midfield:

This Real Madrid squad lacks creativity in the midfield. Players like Modric and Kroos were inferior this season. To compete with the European giants, Madrid needs an attacking midfielder who can take the set pieces and initiates counter attacks. The attacking midfielder of Madrid – mainly Isco, Mariano Diaz and Modric did not score sufficiently enough goals or created many chances. They scored just nine goals in the whole season and assisted only 16 times.

The only attacking midfielder Real Madrid have is James Rodriguez who is currently on loan to Bayern Munich. Madrid cannot depend on the Colombian as his future is in doubt. The club needs to splash money, particularly in this position to change the dynamics of their style of play.

Wingers:

Real Madrid dried of goals this season, and the main reason was the departure of goal machine Cristiano Ronaldo. The club was not able to fill the boots of 5 times Ballon d'Or winner. All eyes were on Gareth Bale, but the Welshman remained injured for most of the season and couldn’t perform consistently. Gareth Bale and Vinicius Jr. were the two most obvious options for the wing positions of the club. The Welshman has a ratio of 224 minutes per goal and Vinicius ended the season with 390 minutes per goal.

If Real Madrid want to compete for the Champions League next season, they must strengthen their attacking options. Players like Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe are the most likely options for the whites.

Striker:

The partnership of Benzema and Ronaldo worked perfectly for Madrid in the last couple of seasons. But the departure of CR7 left the Frenchman in trouble. Benzema carried the front line on his own and scored 30 goals in this season. Except for Karim Benzema, no other players performed well at the center forward position. Mariano Diaz scored only three goals in this season, and for a player playing in a club like Real Madrid, these stats are not worth discussing.

Benzema may have the support of young firepowers like Vinicius, Lucas Vazquez, and Mariano but these players did not have much experience to carry the team week in week out. A Word class striker may be the factor that the club was missing. So the next transfer window is a golden chance for Zidane to sign a striker who matches Madrid’s style of play.
When Dani Ceballos signed for Real Madrid from Real Betis, he had no idea that lack of playing time might cause him to leave the club.

Ceballos is one of the best players in his generation but time didn't go well for him in white. Real Madrid signed Ceballos when Zidane was first appointed as Madrid manager, but the former Real Betis player did not get much time under the French man.

When Zidane left the club, the player thought that he might get more playing time under the new management, but the story remained the same for him.

According to rumors close to Real, he might leave the club on loan and then come back if he establishes himself as a proper midfielder.Ceballos played only 23 games for the club and appeared as a substitute in 10 of those. He has only 3 goals to his name, a ratio of 0.13 goals per game.

However, he was used frequently in Copa where he started 3 games but didn’t score. The 22-year-old started two UCL games as well but didn’t score. The former Real Betis player contributed just 5% of Real Madrid's goals.When Iker Casillas left the club, it looked impossible to replace the Spanish goalkeeper, but that wasn't the case. The Costa Rican goalie carried the legacy of Casillas and went on to win three consecutive Champions League titles with Real Madrid.

Navas is one of the most under-appreciated players at Real Madrid. As soon as Zidane left the club, Florentino Perez found the replacement of Navas.

Despite his heroics performances in the Champions League, Navas lost his place in the starting XI, and Thibaut Courtois replaced him.

Lack of playing time in this season might well be the reason for Navas's departure.In 2018/19 season, Navas started just nine games and conceded six goals. He kept 4 clean sheets for the club, his goal-saving ratio was 2.00.

Courtois started 35 games for the whites and kept 10 clean sheets. The Belgian conceded 48 goals and is ranked 13th in save percentage in LaLiga. Navas only played 810 minutes in the whole season as compared to 2430 minutes of Thibaut Courtois.Marcelo is attached to the club since his youth days, and he is one of the most beloved foreign players in the team.

The Brazilian left-back had a very close relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo.

And when the Portuguese left the club last season, it was evident that Marcelo would follow the footsteps of Ronaldo.

According to many reports, Marcelo will be playing alongside  CR7 at Juventus from next season.The left-back started only 20 games for the whites this season and came as a substitute twice. The Brazilian committed 19 fouls in these games and 2 goals and 2 assists during the campaign.

The 31-year-old lacks defensive stability as he moves forward a lot. Injury to the left-back has affected his game style and he has lost his pace and control of the ball. The arrival of Sergio Reguilón has further diminished Marcelo’s position at Real Madrid since he now finds himself way down the club’s pecking order.Isco's departure from the club is one of the most apparent exits in the next transfer window as the Spanish playmaker had endless disagreements with all the managers he had played under in Real Madrid.

Zidane was an admirer of Isco, but unfortunately, he wasn't able to break the threshold in white.

Isco does not have the consistency that every manager demands and he also has disciplinary issues.

Real Madrid's board of directors has lost his patience with him as he became the regular bench. The most likely options for Isco are Juventus and Manchester City.The Spanish playmaker only started in 11 games and came as a substitute in 15 games. The 27-years old midfielder scored three times and assisted just twice in the whole season. He went eight games without scoring and performed inconsistently under the new management.

The Spaniard is with the club for six years, and this season has been the worst season so far. Other than his poor performance this season, factors that could lead to Isco’s exit this summer are the (likely) arrival of Eden Hazard and the (possible) return of James Rodriguez.Every Real Madrid fan still remembers the solo goal scored by Bale against Barcelona in Copa Del Ray final.

But in this season, the Welsh man has lost his pace and consistency – thanks to the injuries.

The club always supported him, but the patience has run out now.

Alongside Isco, Bale is another most likely exit from the club as clubs like Manchester United, and Manchester City are showing great interest in him.The Welshman started 29 games in this season and came as a substitute in 8 matches. His 37 shots on target produced only 8 goals, he only assisted 3 times in the whole season. In his seven champions league games, the 29-year-old scored thrice and assisted two times.

Despite his obvious quality when fit, don't expect Europe's elite clubs to be queueing up to sign him. His injury record may deter many clubs from committing to paying his huge wages. Still, the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City are rumored of showing great interest in him. Bale needs to improve his finishing as he lost the final touch he had in his early days of Real Madrid and Spurs career.
Luka Modric enjoyed peak time of his career in 2018 by winning the 4th Champions League title, reaching the FIFA World Cup Final and winning the Ballon d'Or.

According to many reports, the Croatian midfielder's time is up at Real Madrid, and he would be the part of a summer squad overhaul.

The most likely club for Modric is Inter Milan. Another factor that adds to his departure is his age.

He is 33, and in the likes of great young talents, it is too difficult for him to secure his position in the starting XI.During the 2018/19 season, the 33-year-old started 30 games and scored only three times. He has a total of 6 assists to his name and that doesn’t justify his position in the starting XI. The former Tottenham Hotspur playmaker has made 257 appearances for the Madrid side since joining the Spanish club in 2012, scoring 13 goals and assisting a further 40 strikes.

The Croatian midfielder has worst minutes per goal ratio in the squad and he has lost consistency and creativity shown by him in the FIFA WC 2018. The exit doors for him are wide open as his capture would be an incredible coup for any side. The most likely club for Modric is Inter Milan. Another factor that adds to his departure is his age. He is 33 and in the likes of great young talents, it may be too difficult for him to secure his position in the starting XI in the next seasons.This might well be a shocking exit, but rumors of Ramos's departure are getting more serious day by day. The Spanish defender joined Madrid in 2005 when he was a teenager.

He played more than 600 matches for Real Madrid and won every major trophy with the club. But he is turning 33 and hasn't performed up to the mark in this season.

It is up to the club to renew his contract at the end of the season. Getting rid of a player like Sergio's caliber may seem a bit harsh, but Real Madrid is not known for sticking around players.

The most likely options for the Madrid captain are PSG and Manchester United.Last season, the Spanish defender started 28 games and committed 27 fouls with 6 bookings to his name. In his peak season, he was a real threat going forward as he has scored some crucial goals for the whites in his career. But that wasn’t the case in this season as he has only 6 goals to his name and 5 of those were penalty kicks.

After Madrid’s 4-1 defeat to Ajax, many reporters reported that there were some heated words exchanged between Perez and Ramos. It was also reported that the President threatens to sack him in front of the whole squad.Another player whose future at Real Madrid is uncertain is James Rodriguez.

The Colombian midfielder is currently on loan to Bayern Munich for two seasons, and the reigning German Champions has an option to activate his release clause to sign him permanently.

James will not get enough time in the starting XI as Madrid is planning a major summer overhaul.

According to the reports, European giants like Manchester United and Chelsea are keeping an eye on him.The 27-years old played well for the German champions as he scored 7 and assisted three times in his 13 games starts. He was 4th in the list of goal contribution in Bayern and has imposed himself as a key figure there.

Players like Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery are getting older, and James might well be the future star for the reds. In his favored position, attacking midfield, he is by far the best option at Bayern. He will get more playing time in Germany and being a starter in more games would fancy most players, and James is no different.Real Madrid signed Theo Hernandez from their arch-rivals Atletico Madrid. The French defender received a lot of praise as a young defender which forced Madrid to buy him.

Unfortunately, the left-back did not get enough game time in Real Madrid due to the presence of Brazilian left-back Marcelo.

During his time in the white kit, the 23-year-old only played 23 matches and came as a substitute in most of those.

The exit door seems to be wide open for him as Madrid wants to offload him. Clubs like Everton and Manchester United may sign him as they lack a decent left-back.During his time in the white kit, the 23-year-old only played 23 matches and came as a substitute in most of those.

He is currently on loan to Real Betis and started 22 games for the club. His stats aren’t good enough for Real to fancy a move back. Hernandez topped the list of players with defensive errors (errors leading to conceding a goal) at Real Betis.Kovacic is rated highly at Real Madrid but the lack of playing time has frustrated the Croatian midfielder. 

During the world cup, Kovacic admitted that he wants to leave the club due to less playing time.

Currently, he is on loan to Chelsea.

According to many reports, the 24-year-old may be the part of the Eden Hazard deal which is most likely to happen in the next transfer window.During his loan spell at Chelsea, he started 21 games and registered only 2 assists. He played 1735 minutes for the London club and managed only 5 shots on goal. With a long term injury to Rubin Loftus Cheek, it looks that Chelsea will sign him permanently.

Kovacic’s loss should not hurt Madrid a lot as they have a couple of players to play on his position. Paul Pogba is also linked to the Los Blancos, so the selling of Kovacic is mandatory for the whites. Also, his stats at Chelsea aren’t good enough to fancy a return to Madrid. The lack of options for Chelsea in midfield may lead the Croatian to stay in London.
Tagliafico plays at left-back for the reigning Dutch champion Ajax and has a superb season with the club.

With Marcelo probably leaving in the summer, the 26-year-old would be a perfect replacement of the Brazilian.

The young Argentinian is an exciting player and has excellent control over the ball.

His breathtaking pace and clinical play would be a massive boost for Real Madrid in the coming season.Another plus point of Tagliafico is his fitness as he played 2512 minutes in the Dutch league.

Opposite to other top-notch defenders like de Light and de Jong, Tagliafico did not make a single defensive error in the entire season. He may well be the factor missing at the back of Madrid. His stats do all the justice for his arrival at Santiago Bernabéu.The 19year-old Dutchman is probably the best young center back in the world right now. Matthijs showed his real talent against Real Madrid in UEFA CL when he kept quiet players likes Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio.

De Ligt started 32 games for Ajax in the Dutch league and the 19-year-old had only 1 yellow card to his name. That may well be the defensive stability that Real Madrid lacks.

With 23 shots on target, he also provides an attacking threat as he scored 3 times and assisted one time in the league this season.

His excellent composure on the ball had made him the hottest property in European football. De Light is currently captaining Ajax and has great potential to replace Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid.De Ligt started 32 games for Ajax in the Dutch league, and the 19-year-old had only one yellow card to his name. That may well be the defensive stability that Real Madrid lacks. With 23 shots on target, he also provides an attacking threat as he scored three times and assisted one time in the league this season.

As a defender, de Ligt committed fewer fouls as compared to other teammates. He also topped the list of most minutes played by a player in the entire season. The 13-time Netherland international and captain of Ajax is the type of player that Real Madrid has missed this season in the heart of their defense.There aren’t many creative midfielders in the football world right now and Christian Eriksen is surely in that bracket.

The 27-year old is currently playing for English side Tottenham Hotspur. The ball spreading ability of Eriksen is supreme and many big clubs are eyeing the Danish man.

Spurs haven’t won a trophy since League Cup in 2008 and that might well be a reason for his departure. Eriksen can be an ideal replacement of Luka Modric who is reaching the end of his career.

He has 12 assists so far in the Premier League and has all the potential to solve the midfield problems of Real Madrid.Spurs haven’t won a trophy since League Cup in 2008 and that might well be a reason for his departure. Eriksen can be an ideal replacement of Luka Modric who is reaching the end of his career. He has 12 assists so far in the Premier League and has all the potential to solve the midfield problems of Real Madrid.

Eriksen started 30 games for Spurs in this season and scored 6 goals. AterAlderweireld and Lloris, Eriksen played most minutes for Spurs. Eriksen may well be the solution for injury-prone Madrid midfield as the Spurs playmaker’s fitness is quite impressive. Eriksen and his Tottenham team-mates are now gearing up for the Champions League final on June 1. The London team will take on Liverpool at Wanda Metropolitano stadium and after that Eriksen's future will be clear.There are not many strikers in the world who are performing as consistent as Mauro Icardi.

This season hasn’t gone well for Icardi as he has a detracting relationship with Inter Milan.

Icardi can fill in the boots of Cristiano Ronaldo and fit well in the Zidane’s system. Icardi knows how to lead a team as he is doing it for years for Inter Milan.

So, Madrid should look to sign him as the player also wanted to leave the club.Icardi played 27 games for Inter Milan this season and scored 10 goals. Icardi is a real goal threat and he has contributed 19% of the Inter’s goal (highest by any other player). He is also at the top of the list in shots on target per game.

Madrid need a lethal striker in front of goal and that’s what they will get with Icardi. The club has already signed Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt and the partnership of Jovic and Icardi may well do wonders in the coming season. The Inter captain also had problems within the dressing room, notably after Marcelo Brozovic liked a social media photo in which Samir Handanovic was confirmed as the new Inter captain to replace Icardi. With other European giants interested in him, it is highly unlikely that the Argentinian will stay at Inter next season.The French sensation who was voted 4th in the ranking of Ballon d'Or might be the missing factor in this Real Madrid team.

Mbappe is just 19 and can be a long term investment for the reigning UEFA Champions League holders. The French man played an important role in France’s run to the 2nd FIFA World Cup. And now he is tearing defense apart in League 1 with Paris Saint Germain.

He has scored 30 goals and marked 9 assists in this season so far and he is only 2nd to Lionel Messi in the race of European Golden Boot.

A big offer from a club like Real Madrid will take some doing for PSG to stop Mbappe from leaving the club.He has scored 30 goals and marked 9 assists in this season so far and he is only 2nd to Lionel Messi in the race of European Golden Boot. A big offer from a club like Real Madrid will take some doing for PSG to stop Mbappe from leaving the club.

However, Mbappe himself has denied the rumors of his PSG departure, he said “I’m staying at PSG. I'm fully involved in PSG's project”.PSG suffered a disappointing exit from the Champions League this season, the competition that they are desperate to win over any other. With 30 goals and 6 assists, he is leading the goal contribution with 30% of PSG ‘s goals. He is only second to Marquinhos in the most minutes played list. His lethal pace and clinical finishing are what Real Madrid has been lacking in their attack. The counter-attack style of play of Real Madrid will perfectly suit Mbappe as he has done so many times in his PSG career.
In this year’s CL, Lyon was eliminated by Barcelona but one player who stood out in both legs was Tanguy Ndombele. The 22-year-old possesses features like brilliant first touch, technique, control on ball and dribbling.

The French man has the ability to start for Real Madrid. Real Madrid can achieve the midfield heights with the combination of Ndombele, Kroos, and Casemero.

Other European giants like Manchester United and Manchester City are keeping an eye on Ndombele, so, it will take something big from Real Madrid to sign this French sensational midfielder.

Addition to Ndombele in Madrid midfield will give a new dimension to the style of their play.Ndombele started 29 games for Lyon this season and had 6 assists to his name. After Memphis Depay, he has the most number of assists. In 29 appearances for the club during this season, Tanguy has shown his ability to dribble through the midfield, make the smart pass, and create chances.

Actually, Ndombele has averaged one key pass in both Champions League and Ligue 1 and completes on average 88.5% of his passes.The Brazilian center back was voted best defender in the Portuguese league for the 4th consecutive season.

He may well be the best possible solution for Madrid’s defensive problems.

Many agencies are reporting that Porto center back is very close to signing for Real Madrid.

If this deal occurs, Madrid can have a long term replacement for Sergio Ramos in the form of Eder Militao who is just 21.According to the reports, the Brazilian center back who can also play as right-back has been signed for around £43.5m. Militao signed for Porto in 2018 and had one Brazilian cap as well. The 21-year-old also helped Porto to reach the Champions League quarterfinals in 2018.

He started 28 games for Porto and also scored 3 times. He did not make any notable defensive error in the whole season and his consistency will be a unique factor at the back for Real Madrid. He has signed a six-year deal with the whited which will keep him at Real Madrid until June 30, 2025.If Madrid fails to sign Christian Eriksen then they should move for Nicolo Zaniolo.

The 19-year-old is currently playing for AS Roma.

He is the youngest Italian player to score twice in the UEFA CL round of 16.

With Zaniolo, Real Madrid will have the stability in the midfield they are lacking.With four goals and two assists to his name, Zaniolo has started 19 games for Roma and came as a substitute in 7. He has very strong dribbling and finishing skills. His ball spreading ability is immense, and his through balls are also in that top-class bracket.

Zaniolo is the youngest player after Francesco Totti to score three goals in Serie A. During his time in Roma, he has played 687 minutes, and he has a successful take-on ratio of 1.71. Zaniolo has explosive strength and technique, and everything it takes to become a great player. His presence in midfield will give Real Madrid a lot of stability against the teams who press higher on the pitch. With Zaniolo’s technique and composure, Madrid can have that extra factor in midfield. Admittedly, the Italian will be a great addition to the team if he joins the whites.A lethal striker eyeing for a goal every time he gets on to the ball.

Luka Jovic is currently playing in Bundesliga for Eintracht Frankfurt.

Jovic scored 17 goals and has 6 assists to his name in this season and many European giants are trying to sign him.

With Karim Benzema not performing up to the mark, Luka Jovic can uplift the forward line of Real Madrid.The Serbian ace has already signed for the whites for €60m and agrees to a five-year contract with the club. He contributed 13% of Frankfurt’s goals last season and had 47 shots on target. The striker joined Frankfurt on loan from Benfica in the summer, and last month the Bundesliga club exercised their option to make the move permanent.

Unlike many other strikers, Jovic is a complete player who can score from both feet. He is a defender’s nightmare and scores with every 4.4 shots, converting almost three-quarters of his big chances. He suits Real Madrid’s counter-attacking style of play as he scored 5 goals during counter-attacks in Bundesliga. He completed 56 dribbles last season and was fouled on 29 occasions. Defenders who commit to the player will most likely end up giving a free kick or penalty against the Serbian. The addition of Jovic to Madrid will definitely help the club in the coming season.It’s been a long time since we first heard the rumor of Hazard to Madrid.

Eden Hazard is having his best season for Chelsea scoring 15 and creating 16 goals this season. He himself carried Chelsea to the top 4 finish in the Premier League.

Zinedine Zidane’s return to Real Madrid has reignited Hazard rumors as the French man is a great admirer of Hazard.

If Madrid rescues the signing of Hazard, it would surely resolve their left wing problems.Hazard played 37 games for Chelsea this season and contributed 49% of the club’s goal. Hazard is well known for dribbling and pace, and he was also on penalties for Chelsea. He scored the winning penalty against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-final which sent the London club into the final of EL.

Defending one-on-one against Hazard is the worst thing a defender can ask for as he dribbles past players with a low center of gravity. The addition of Chelsea’s no 10 to Real Madrid will solve the left-wing problems, and the strikers like Luka Jovic and Karim Benzema will benefit from the chances created by the Belgian captain.
The return of Zinedine Zidane has reignited the hopes of both – the fans and the managerial board.

The French man joined the club as manager in 2016 after the club sacked Rafael Benitez after just seven months. Before signing for the first team, the 46-years-old was coaching the B-team of Madrid.

Before that, he had no managerial experience, but Perez had his trust in him. After winning three consecutive UCL’s with the club, the French man left the club. His departure made many of us shocked, and there was anxiety around Santiago Bernabéu. After his departure, the team could not perform well and knocked out of the Copa Del Ray and Champions League and finished 3rd in LaLiga table.

Now the World Cup winner is back with the club again, and dark days seem to be over for the club as well as for the fans. With the signing of Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard, it seems that Perez is giving Zidane complete control of the transfers. European giants like Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, and PSG are also planning to spend big in the summer, and it would not be easy for the whites to sign potential players. The transfer market has now gone crazy in terms of players buying clause and agent fees. Nowadays, the average player costs 20-€30m, but the signing of Jovic in €60 and Hazard in €100 million shows how well Madrid is doing in the transfer market.Unlike most other elements related to the transfer market like agent fees, player’s bonuses and pay-out clauses, it is easy to define the exact point which sent the transfer market ablaze. That point came when Neymar agreed to join French Champions PSG from European powerhouse FC Barcelona.

Before the departure of Neymar, Paul Pogba’s €100million transfer to Manchester United was the most expensive in history. That set a glass ceiling which most clubs were unwilling to break. However, with Neymar’s $263m move to Paris Saint-Germain, the sky has now become the limit as far as player transfer fees are concerned.

In such an environment, while clubs like Manchester City and PSG – both of whom are financed by oil money – could survive or perhaps even thrive, even the likes of Real Madrid have seen their hands tied behind the back.

Therefore, while in pre-Neymar scenario teams could assemble a whole team of good quality players with €250m, nowadays, only 3 to 4 good quality attackers cost that much.

10 most expensive football transfers of all time - as of 31st March 2019

RankPlayerFrom/ ToYearFee
1NeymarBarca/PSG2017€ 222m
2Kylian MbappéMonaco/PSG2017€ 180m
3Philippe CoutinhoLiverpool/Barca2018€ 120m
4Ousmane DembeléDortmund/Barca2017€ 105m
5Paul PogbaJuve/ManU2016€ 105m
6CR7Real Madrid/Juve2018€ 103m
7Gareth BaleTottenham/Real 2013€ 100m
8CR7ManU/Real Madrid2009€ 94m
9Gonzalo HiguainNapoli/Juve2016€ 90m
10NeymarFC Santos/Barca2013€ 90m
A glance at the name of players who have been linked with Real Madrid of late – a list which includes Jovic, Hazard, and De Ligt – none of them would cost less than €60m to €80m, at the very least. That, however, poses a problem even for Real Madrid. 

For, while they could only get 2 to 3 good quality players with €250m, the club needs a complete overhaul of the squad. Positions to replace include full-backs, center-backs, attacking midfield, a winger and a striker who knows how to score in the box.

This means that the club, at the very least, need four high-quality signings in the summer.

However, with a transfer kitty of €250m – all of which, it needs to be remembered, cannot be spent on signing fees alone as the wages of incoming players also need to be factored in – it is nearly impossible for the Whites to make four high-class signings. So the next Real Madrid squad will need to be expensive.WRite proper outro Liverpool, like most Premier League clubs these days, is flush with cash due to TV money. It was a major – though not the only – reason why the club posted a record profit in 2019. Inherent in this seemingly good news is also bad news for Premier League clubs.

For, when Premier League clubs deal with foreign clubs, the latter know that they could simply demand a king’s ransom to give away their prized assets to the former. That’s because even a mid-table Premier League club is more valuable than Champions of minor European Leagues.

As a result, Premier League clubs pay inflated fees than, say, clubs from Bundesliga or LA Liga even when both of them go for the same player.

Add to this the player wages and agent fees, and even an otherwise decent amount of €250m could only get you 3,4 good quality players.


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