With Florentino Pérez’s focus now on Kylian Mbappé, Real Madrid won’t make any mid-season signings if players don’t leave first.
Real Madrid are not planning to make any January signings unless players leave first. Los Blancos have 25 men on their first-team wage bill, plus Rodrygo Goes (who is officially registered as a member of the Castilla squad), and will only dip into the mid-season transfer market if they can offload individuals who are not getting regular football, such as Mariano Díaz, Brahim Díaz and Isco.
Pérez focus solely on taking Mbappé to Bernabéu
Having spent 300 million euros last summer, the feeling at Madrid is that, before bringing in new faces, the priority should be to give more minutes to figures such as Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo. However, there are coaches within the club who believe the squad should be strengthened in January by bringing in the likes of Christian Eriksen, Bruno Fernandes or Donny van de Beek.
This opinion is not shared by the Madrid president Florentino Pérez, though; his sights are set solely on Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappé. Barring an unlikely scenario in which Paul Pogba becomes available to buy from Manchester United (such a move would only be made to keep head coach Zinedine Zidane happy), Pérez doesn’t want to waste time and money in January and is now focusing all his efforts on luring Mbappé to the Bernabéu next summer, a swoop that he is already laying the groundwork for.
Isco open to loan move with Euro 2020 on horizon
While Madrid chiefs are not optimistic that Mariano and Brahim will be open to leaving in the winter window, there is a wait-and-see attitude with Isco. With the European Championship coming up, the midfielder is thought to be open to a loan move to the Premier League in a bid to rediscover his best form, and Madrid are well aware that Arsenal’s Unai Emery and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola are firm admirers.
Isco’s chief short-term goal is to go to Euro 2020, but having been told by Spain boss Robert Moreno that he must be playing week in, week out for his club if he is to win a place in La Roja’s squad, that condition seems likelier to be met in England than in LaLiga.