Friday, September 22, 2023

The transfer market: Barça suffers and Madrid spends

Barça has not spent a single euro and Madrid has already released 128.5 million. At first glance it would seem that the champion does not need a large investment to revalidate the title and that it is the others who must be reinforced if they want to take the crown from him. From another point of view, the panorama would suggest that the person who spends less is more shrewd and prudent than the spender. The reality admits many readings, although the transitory poverty of Barça and the permanent economic wealth of Madrid seem indisputable.

Florentino Pérez’s club has taken the lead in the transfer disbursement race, driven by the need to win – neither the League nor the Champions League last season – and not so much to rejuvenate the squad, but to regenerate ambition. Only one veteran has left, Karim Benzema, but Kroos and Modric continue. Footballers who did not add up (Hazard and Mariano) and one unmotivated for being a substitute (Asensio), all forwards, have left.

Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz.

The bulk of Madrid’s spending is concentrated on Jude Bellingham20 years old. The bet of the creator of the Galacticos: 103 million for a midfielder who is embedded in a line in which he bet on Camavinga (31 million plus 9) and Tchouaméni (80 million) but the headlines are still Kroos and Modric plus Valverde.

future and present

Arda Güler, the young Turkish footballer that Barça wanted, is indeed an investment in the future up front, while Joselu is the one of the present as a replacement for the great star that Florentino Pérez hopes to attract once and for all, who is kylian mbappe. Brahim Díaz will have a place in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad, and it seems difficult for Antonio Blanco, the other returning loanee, to have it. Fran García (five million to Rayo) completes the momentary list of purchases made.

The one from Barça pales next to the white one: two veterans (Ilkay Gündogan and Iñigo Martínez, both 32 years old), but at zero cost. Immediate performance headlines. The third is also older, Oriol Romeu (31) and will have the honor of opening Joan Laporta’s checkbook. When they deliver it.

Abde Ez, during a match with Osasuna.

retained checkbook

Javier Tebas withholds it from Barça, closely watched for not having enough funds to cover all the committed expenses, that is, the skyrocketing salary mass. As long as he doesn’t shrink further, he won’t be able to sign. Not even Romeu, with a maximum cost that can reach 8 millionmuch less the Brazilian Vitor Roque, virtually signed but not recognized by Barça.

The misery of the Barça club, the great waster of the planet in the hands of Josep Maria Bartomeu, He reaches the point of walking through the market in search of bargains and offers, haggling prices and terms, without finding relief in the return of those on loan either. Nico, Dest and Abde They could stay based on economic-sporting needs, not because of the coach’s conviction or because of their merits, although Abde has curdled a formidable breakthrough with Osasuna and the Moroccan team.

Joao Felix.

Atlético has appeared on the market, he has taken what he wanted and now he has installed himself in the sales window. You only paid what you owed for Griezmann (20) to Barça, which is of little use to him; He has cheaply bought defenders Javi Galán (5 million) and the Uruguayan Santi Mouriño (2.7), and has recruited Söyüncü (Leicester) and Azpilicueta (Chelsea) for free.

He has a multitude of loanees waiting for news from Diego Simeone. A list of footballers that the coach is disgusted with. Such in case of joao felix, the most expensive signing in rojiblanca history, with zero options to stay. Riquelme, Camello, Lino, Renan Lodi will fight for theirs…


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