The sale of Bale and James or the departure of Modric, incentives for a summer marked by the impact of the pandemic and the excess of players.
Florentino and Hazard, during the presentation of the Belgian in 2019.
Madrid return part of the fertilizers
The clubs, amazed at the possibility of playing with the public
That they are not going to do anything. That's what they are telling us. The lament is heard in the mouth of Spanish football intermediaries. From the heights of Real Madrid they have been repeating the same to those who call with a player on offer for weeks. We are not going to make signings they say over and over again before the hawk of the agent on duty, worried about the slowdown in the business that will be a silent summer of white purchases. This newspaper receives the same information when asking about future plans, a matter still a long way off despite the fact that it is already circulating in June. There are 11 League games and a Champions left to play, too much to put the final grade on the 2019/20 course, completely distorted by the shaking of the coronavirus .
The pandemic is precisely the one that will separate Madrid from the market, something unusual in recent history. We have a very deep squad and a lot of transfers. They do not touch high operations, it is inconceivable, they reason from the Bernabu, with the accounts in hand. The entity's financial muscle has allowed it to face this crisis with a better tone than some of its direct rivals, but neither the coffers in good condition nor the downward prices of possible reinforcements would invite Madrid to change its strategy. Neither ethically nor financially, it will be a time for millionaire acquisitions, they insist from the club's management team, where they are clear about the number one objective: to lighten the locker room. a lot of work for Florentino Prez and Jos ngel Snchez the people in charge of the sports area. All without forgetting the bite of income that the virus has been causing since last March.
Economic failure, acknowledges the white president himself in a letter just sent to his partners. Ticket offices lost, museum closed, return of part of the subscriptions, percentage of television contracts still in doubt, summer tour of North America canceled, events lost in Bernabu … That the League will be able to be concluded , even if it is not public, it is a relief, just as if it is possible to finally celebrate the rest of the European Cup (a game, at least, in the case of Madrid, the return of the eighths). But these summer concentrated championships will continue – except for government surprise – being behind closed doors, a real task for the big clubs.
Museum and closed ticket offices
In the small coats of arms -type Getafe-, television revenues reach almost 90% of their annual budget, so this League is exposed to cows with stands. and open chambers would be his salvation. However, at Real Madrid or Barcelona, the income is much more diversified. Thanks to the enormous potential of its stadiums and marketing contracts, the broadcasting rights only represent 25%, with another 25% coming from the capacity, which translated into money would be, according to the balance of the previous campaign: 175,049 euros collected between partners and stadium and 172,991 of the televisions. Having the trophy room without visitors is another trip for Madrid. The famous Chamartn tour – the third most visited by tourists in the capital – leaves nearly 30 million a year.
Until the season ends we will not decide.
The losses of the current season are compounded by the uncertainty of the following, where it is still unknown when fans can return to the fields. It is true that the acceleration of de-escalation is increasing the optimism in football which has gone from fearing a 2020/21 without the public to dream of seeing people in the stands as early as autumn, even if it is at 30% of its capacity.
A real one -this of limiting the entry- that already has those in charge of gauging them thinking about possible solutions for their subscribers. For example, a draw for tickets for each match, as in the Champions League finals. All this accumulates a handicap that forces the containment of the white team in that cloudy period of transfers that no one else manages to fit in the calendar. FIFA will open it on July 1, as usual, but by then all the major leagues – except the German one – will continue to compete and also the Champions League, with a date to be concluded throughout the month of August.
The definitive results obtained by Zinedine Zidane's painting will strengthen or question this approach to the economy of war. With Kylian Mbapp as a medium-term dream signing (2021 or 2022), the rest of the operations are on hold. Not even those of young footballers marked closely for months, such as scorer Haaland or midfielder Camavinga. Even the arrival of the Dutch Van de Beek, launched last summer, is now up in the air.
Madrid intends to focus on releasing players who have already grazed the door a year ago, such as James Rodrguez or Gareth Bal e. The difficulty in both cases remains the same: their high salary. The coronaftbol that arrives is not the best scenario to place stars down and salaries still rising. Even so, they will try to facilitate their sale, once both the low interest Zidane has in them and their almost chronic irregularity have been confirmed. In a higher stratum is Luka Modric pillar of the best Madrid in recent years but on the way to turning 35 years old. If you show interest in reactivating your move to Italy (Inter), there will be no obstacles. Always by mutual agreement, because the Croatian continues to have the confidence of the coach.
Another topic to study in depth will be the young people on the staff, both present and on loan. Until the season is over, we will not decide, they say in Madrid, happy with the value of Achraf Hakimi in Dortmund or Martin Odegaard in the Royal Society. Also the Japanese Take Kubo has shone in Mallorca. In fact, it already handles Champions club offers to go on another year loan.
lvaro Odriozola at Bayern, or Dani Ceballos at Arsenal, they are having a more difficult time claiming a place on the Madrid squad. Sergio Reguiln has done well for Sevilla, but with Zidane his options are not many, provided that Marcelo continues. Even the coach himself must guarantee his position.
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