Real will not buy Pogba or Eriksen unless they can raise around £134m
REVEALED: Real Madrid will NOT be able to buy Pogba or Eriksen unless they raise £135m from selling players… so with no offers on the table for Bale or Rodriguez, just how CAN they continue Zidane’s urgent rebuild?
- Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen are midfield summer targets of Real Madrid
- The Spanish giants will only sign one of the two Premier League stars though
- And those signings will only happen if they can raise £134million in funds
- Real have put numerous of their squad up for sale – including big names as Isco
Real Madrid will not buy Paul Pogba or Christian Eriksen this summer unless they can raise around £135million (€150m) in the transfer market.
The Spanish club will unveil Eden Hazard this week and Luka Jovic will also be presented to supporters. When the international break concludes Lyon full back Ferland Mendy should also complete his move to the Santiago Bernabeu providing he comes through a longer more detailed medical focusing on an on-going hip problem.
But that is where the new signings will stop.
Christian Eriksen (left) and Paul Pogba are both midfield targets for Real Madrid this summer
Real manager Zinedine Zidane can only sign either player though if he sells some Real stars
Coach Zinedine Zidane still wants a new midfielder but the club will not sanction anymore ins without some substantial outs.
Madrid are understood to be sceptical about the teeth that any so-called Financial Fair Play 2.0 might actually have, bearing in mind how toothless the original FFP has so far been in terms of stopping the huge spending of Paris Saint-Germain.
They also don’t envisage a club being penalised for a net spend in any one season without taking into consideration spending in previous seasons. In recent summers Madrid have made a net profit in the transfer market.
But that does not change the financial limitations on their spending. The club are not propped up by the unlimited wealth of a private owner and with the renovation of their Santiago Bernabeu stadium likely to cost around £357m (€400m) they must sell to buy this summer.
They started the season with a net-spend budget of around £89m (€100m) – a figure reached after the acquisition of Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao. That has also been spent on Hazard who comes in at £89m (€100m) plus £27m (€30m) in add-ons to be paid subject to games played and trophies won.
Real Madrid completed the acquisition of Eden Hazard from Chelsea for £89million last week
Signing both Pogba and Eriksen is not an option under any circumstance but both board and coach agree a new midfield arrival is needed. Zidane has made Pogba his No 1 choice from the day he returned to the club.
The board are sceptical because president Florentino Perez has in the past avoided doing business with Pogba’s agent Mina Raiola. There are concerns about what he would cost both in payments to United and payments to Raiola, and about how much value for money he will bring. United will want between £142m and £160m.
Perez would prefer Eriksen who would be a more straightforward signing complicated only by Daniel Levy’s insistence that despite only having a year left on his contract he wants £89m (€100m) for the Dane.
Zidane does not believe the team needs Eriksen. Toni Kroos signed a new contract this summer and Eriksen’s preference for playing as an attacking midfielder would give the French coach an over-booking problem in the final third. Pogba, he believes, offers more in the way of physique. He can drive from deep; he could play alongside Casemiro offering defensive cover as well as forward forays. Zidane believes the team lacks athleticism – an area where he thinks Pogba is a better bet than Eriksen.
But neither player can arrive without sales. Madrid have put a for sale sign on almost everyone of their 35-man bloated squad. It’s easier to talk about those that will not be sold than those that could leave at the right price.
Eriksen (pictured playing for Denmark) is Real president Florentino Perez’s preferred choice
However, Pogba (pictured playing for France) is who Zidane would rather sign this summer
REAL MADRID PLAYERS WHO CAN GO LEAVE
Raul de Tomas
But the players they are banking on bringing in a fee are goalkeeper Keylor Navas; young defenders Jesus Vallejo, Sergio Reguilon and Theo Hernandez; midfielders Marcos Llorente, Lucas Silva, Dani Ceballos and Mateo Kovacic; and attackers James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale, Raul de Tomas, Borja Mayoral and Mariano Diaz.
There biggest problem is that the players on that extensive list who would bring in the most money – Navas, James and Bale have so far not attracted offers and in the case of Bale have no intention of leaving the club.
In their desperation it’s also been made clear that Marcelo and Isco would be sold at the right price but as Perez said in a radio interview two weeks ago when asked if there had been offers for £75m-rated Bale: ‘No, there have been no offers for anyone.’
In the absence of any permanent deals loan options are being looked at. But loan options will not raise the sort of money Madrid need to fund an offensive for Pogba.
Madrid loaned James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich two years ago with the German club paying half his wages at around £5.8m a season, and a £5.8m a season fee. There was a buy option that Bayern this summer decided not to exercise. Zidane has set an asking price of £37m for the Colombian.
Keylor Navas is one of several players that can leave Real as they look to raise transfer funds
James Rodriguez is also surplus to requirements after a two-year loan stint at Bayern Munich
Rodriguez does not want to be loaned out again and Navas would also prefer a straight sale. A loan could be an option for Bale but he earns almost three-times Rodriguez’s salary and the financial implications of loaning him but continue to pay his wages would mean it would simply not be worth it for Madrid.
The club were hopeful towards the end of the season that Bale could go to Tottenham or Manchester United on loan so opening the way for Eriksen or Pogba to move in the other direction.
But Tottenham cannot pay Bale’s £15.2m wages, United don’t want to pay his £15.2m wages, and so far there has been no enthusiasm on the part of Bale to go back to the Premier League – he has stated time and again that he wants to stay in Spain.
As things stand Madrid are hoping to enjoy a week of three new-signing presentations with Jovic, Mendy and, in particular, Hazard, welcomed with much fan-fare. But once the streamers from Hazard’s presentation have settled any more new arrivals of such high impact will depend entirely on big name players being sold first.
Gareth Bale doesn’t fit in with Zidane’s plans moving forward but he has no desire to leave Real
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