Real Madrid put pressure on players to leave

Luka Jovic is not going to be the only player Real Madrid sign this week, or even in the next 48 hours, as the deals for Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy are on the verge of completion.

Madrid aim to show that the much-discussed revolution is starting to take shape, rather that it simply just being talk, and the arrivals of these players will cause something of a shake-up in Zinedine Zidane’s squad.

Some players have already been told that they are not in Zidane’s plans for next season, though not everyone has accepted that their time in the Spanish capital is coming to an end. The hope is that by announcing these signings, it will put pressure on a few members of the squad to look elsewhere as they realise that they will not be getting first-team football at the Santiago Bernabeu next season.

These signings are bringing optimism and excitement back to the club’s supporters, following their dismal campaign in 2018/19. With the arrival of Jovic, there are already three new faces that Zidane will be counting on next season: Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao and Jovic. In the coming days, Hazard and Mendy will be announced, too, so there will be at least five new faces in the Madrid dressing room next season.

Due to this influx of new arrivals, there will have to be some players heading out the exit door, whether they like it or not. The radical nature of Madrid’s transfer strategy, coming so early in the window, is a direct message to all of those who were under par in 2018/19.

There are two clear messages that are emanating from the club: the first is that they still have the economic might to fight for the world’s best players, despite spending out vast sums on the renovations to the Santiago Bernabeu; and the second is for those players who do not want to leave as they will have no other choice than to be sat in the stands or on the bench without playing any minutes.

Madrid hope that these signings will accelerate the departures from the club, which are vital in terms of balancing the books. Due to the sheer figures that Madrid are spending on bringing players in, they are hoping to receive around 300 million euros in sales this summer.