Real Madrid are set to rattle some serious cages in the transfer window this summer but will consider the futures of loanees before setting foot in the market.
Florentino Perez will re-emerge from the shadows this summer. Perez, who is know for his high-profile dealings, had opted of a subdued approach in the transfer window in the past couple of seasons. With Real Madrid not pulling their weight both domestically and in Europe, he is expected to return to his old self. But before the club start splashing the cash, they are expected to make decisions on players currently out on loan.
James Rodriguez is probably the biggest name on this list. The Columbian has been plying his trade in the Bundesliga. James, who is on a two-year loan at Bayern Munich, is expected to return to the Bernabeu. The 27-year-old started brightly under Carlo Ancelotti but has tailed off since Niko Kovac took over. He has been starved off minutes on the pitch and has expressed his dissent time and time again. But Real Madrid and Zidane do not look interested in the playmaker either. So it might be a Morata situation wherein, he might come back to Spain only to be shipped off to another club.
Mateo Kovacic’s case is an interesting one. The Croat is an undoubtedly talented midfielder but has endured an identity crisis at Chelsea. After largely being confined to the bench at Real, a move to the Premier League was expected to unleash the contained beast. He has failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge and the recent emergence of Ruben Loftus-Cheek is only to his detriment. Kovacic has expressed a desire to make his move permanent but a transfer ban for the Blues has complicated matters. Kovacic might not be a starter for Madrid yet and another loan spell might be on the horizon.
“He could be the best player in the world. But I don’t care because he was not a player who I asked for. That signing was to do with PR,” said Carlo Ancelotti. His time at the Spanish capital could easily have destroyed him mentally. But Odegaard has pulled his socks and shown the world what he is made of. Since joining Vitesse, the Norwegian has been setting the Eredivisie alight. He is among the top 10 for dribbles per game and key passes per 90. Given Zidane’s willingness to give youngsters a chance, Odegaard might be back in Real Madrid whites next season. But even if he doesn’t, there is still time for him given he is still 19.
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