This January Transfer Window went without much action for Los Blancos, in fact, they signed zilch! They got some players out.
Loans of Promising Players
Martin Odegaard who went to Arsenal on loan just couldn’t secure any playing time at Madrid having spent last season on loan at Real Sociedad, but the youngster could be a key signing for the Gunners.
Striker Luka Jovic has gone on loan to Eintracht Frankfurt for the season and then there is Take Kubo who goes to Getafe. But again, this player was never going to feature for Los Blancos, having been on loan at Villareal last season. Bought for shirt merchandising in the Japanese market more than for his playing ability, he only scored once for Villareal.
So why have Real done so little in this window? and we have to go back to 2019 to see any signings of real note when Jovic came in, Militao and Hazard and a few others for a combined spend of € 300M Euros. January is not usually a good window for long term signings so there could be more spending in the summer and when perhaps a new manager is installed because faith in ZZ is fast eroding.
Then there is the expected financial year loss this year and the €575m renovation costs of the Bernabeu that’s tying up significant cash. This is why the football betting odds for the club winning the league seem to remain stagnant at the moment because there is not much belief in the team winning a trophy this year.
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Moving Players Out Before Signing New Ones
So, it could be that Zidane is just hamstrung by the lack of a transfer treasure chest and the board’s remit of bringing on younger players to revitalize the ageing team. Longer-term they still need to move on some deadwood. See this article from summer 2019, and some of the players mentioned are still on Real Madrid’s books.
Dani Ceballos is now at Arsenal but again, yes you guessed it, on loan. He’s playing well and actually attracted a 25million pound bid from Arsenal but the player himself wants to fight for a place at Madrid.
Gareth Bale went back to Spurs on a season loan but has made only 13 appearances, in his defence he has had injuries and been unable to string together a few games to play himself into form. But it seems the Tottenham manager has already assigned Bale to the annals of Tottenham history as a bit part sub player and it’s unlikely his loan will be extended.
Finally, the pretty boy James Rodriguez who was actually sold to Everton is perhaps the only player showing some good form and that Madrid may regret dumping. He’s showing glimpses of his sublime form at Porto and for Columbia for the Toffees, but it remains to be seen if he can maintain it over a whole season.
At the half-way mark, Zidane’s team are lagging the league leaders and their city rivals Atletico Madrid by 10 points. Diego Simeone’s side has been devastating not least because they have found a new attacking verve that combined with their steely defence and combativeness make for a formidable team. In Luiz Suarez, they have a rejuvenated striker of world-class quality. Because Barcelona dumped him so unceremoniously, the player now has a point to prove and he’s fired in 12 goals.