He has 15 days to reinforce the team until the transfer window closes in Spain, and make a competitive team after losing against Atletico in the Super Cup final.
“I do not think club policies change a lot from this match,” was the answer of Julen Lopetegui after the match at Tallin when asked about new transfers – a small complain maybe to hide the truth of what he really felt: he wants reinforcements.
Lopetegui is demanding an attacker, a defender and a defensive midfielder. He has 15 days to do so until the transfer deadline ends and after that he will not have any more time for excuses.
Casemiro went out and was replaced by Dani Ceballos. As a last-minute opportunity in the extra time he had to introduce Borja Mayoral, who was the only striker in his bank. Not long ago, in the year when Real Madrid won both the Champions League and La Liga, Zidane had so many attacking players in the bench; James, Isco, Asensio, and Morata. So no doubt that this situation could have forced the French to resign in May.
Lopetegui is playing with the fans.
Throughout the summer, Lopetegui had to talk with Perez about the problem of reinforcements. Since his appointment, he has provided indications that obeys the club’s orders. “If nobody goes and if nobody comes, I would be happy,” he said at a press conference before the pre-season matches in the US.
He saw other priorities before Courtois (who was more a transfer target of Perez). He understood and calculated how to plan for this season without any Galactic signature of the Neymar type, who would replace Ronaldo. But at the same time he did not expect Vallejo to be injured again and that Kovacic will leave, and now he needs to bring a strong defensive midfielder.
Of course, in the end the problems are ahead. From the beginning, the board excludes the purchase of an attacker like Kane, Lewandowski or Cavani and are now following Icardi from distance. Madrid is not showing anything in this summer transfer window, it’s limiting the new signings. This policy is referring to Lopetegui. But the Basque coach seems to have finally alerted the club and is looking for three players from the board.