Summer Transfer Market 2019: More Shadows than Light in Florentino’s Job

Summer Transfer Market 2019: More Shadows than Light in Florentino’s Job


The summer transfer window is closed and Real Madrid supporters are not happy with Florentino Pérez’s management. Six signings made this summer, but the promises of big names in the midfield or even Neymar make this effort quite poor. Besides, some youngsters left the club, whereas other veterans showing bad level are still in the squad.

Zinedine Zidane arrived at the end of last season speaking about a revolution. And the start of the summer seemed that this was going to be real. Three months later, there is no revolution and the veterans are still leading this team, with Gareth Bale as a star and James Rodríguez as one of the most important signings. Both were in the market, according to the manager.

Among the six signings, only Hazard has a spot in the line-up. The others are still a big question mark: Eder Militao, Luka Jovic, Alphonse Areola, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo. Besides, the Japanese Kubo, who shocked everybody in the US tour, was given on loan to Mallorca.

If we write about the players leaving Madrid, there were also some surprises. Marcos Llorente was sold to Atlético de Madrid for €30M, and Dani Ceballos was given on loan to Arsenal. Sergio Reguilón also left the club on loan to Sevilla. Besides, Keylor Navas was sold to PSG the last day of the transfer market. Kovacic, Theo Hernández or Raúl de Tomás were sold cashing €85M.

However, the big surprises also arrived because some players weren’t sold. Gareth Bale or James Rodríguez were in the market, and even Zizou said in the US tour that the Welshman should be sold as soon as possible. Now he’s the best player of the team in the start of the season. Besides, other players really criticized during last season like Marcelo, Isco or Toni Kroos remain in the squad.

The supporters are also disappointed because they waited some other new faces, especially in the midfield. Zidane insisted on Paul Pogba, but it was impossible to get the Frenchman out of Manchester. Van de Beek or Eriksen could have been the alternatives, but Los Blancos didn’t sign them at the end, and now the squad is really short on midfielders.

Hopefully the time gives the reason to Florentino Pérez and Zinedine Zidane, but it’s difficult to be optimistic in the start of September.