Real Madrid will be looking to make a move for Manchester City’s star player following the upsets of Gareth Bale.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a big effect on Real Madrid, in both positive and negative ways. Since the restart of domestic football, the Whites have been exceptional eventually leading them to win the La Liga title for the 2019-2020 season. On the other side, the lack of revenue coming in has placed Real and many other clubs in an uncomfortable financial situation. Consequently, this July, club president Florentino Perez made it clear that the club would not be making nay expensive/big signings this transfer window.
The expected transfers of players like Kylian Mbappe or Eduardo Camavinga will then have to wait till next year when the club collects enough funds from the season and the sale of some players. The players which were most likely to be sold this season were James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale. The Colombian, however, has already departed for Everton as manager Zinedine Zidane had no use of him and with Martin Odegaard coming back to the squad there would have a lot of competition in the position for the 29-year-old.
With Gareth Bale, the problem is far from the same. The Welshman is injury prone, but even when he is fit, he has not been included in the first team by Zidane on many occasions, due to his inconsistent and poor performances. The 31-year-old has also been the root of many controversies because of his reluctancy and attitude towards his situation and the club, which certainly do not help his matters either.
According to reports, Real Madrid has already lined up a replacement for the winger is he is to leave this season. The player in question is Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez. Though Perez has announced no big signings are to be made, the Merengues are not a club to do absolutely nothing, with the sales of James and possibly of Bale, the club might rather enough funds to pull off a transfer for the Algerian. Initial contacts have taken place and it is unsure whether the Sky Blues would be looking to get rid of the 29-year-old.
Scoring 13 goals and assisting 16 in the Premier League this season, an attack featuring a trio of Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard, and Riyad Mahrez will be a very tempting thought indeed. However, this signing depends a lot on the departure of Gareth Bale as the player takes up a big chunk of the wage bill, and only with the money earned from his transfer would Madrid be able to afford the Algerian.
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