The end of an era. On Wednesday night, Real Madrid were outclassed by Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final second leg. Experienced however, the Merengues were no match for the Blues. For many observers, this season will mark the end of a cycle. And that could move on all floors. This Thursday, Marca revealed that a departure of Zinedine Zidane at the end of the 2020-21 financial year was not excluded. Threatened several times during the season, Zizou held on. But the French technician would be affected after the failure of his team in the Champions League. His future within the Casa Blanca would not yet be fully assured, he who could choose to leave as he had already done in the past. An important issue to settle therefore.
The extension worksite to be managed
But Real Madrid must also manage a vast site with the players. In priority, there is the one concerning the elements at the end of the contract next June, in a little less than two months. If everything is settled for Luka Modric, who has already initialed a contract for an additional year announced Florentino Pérez, it would also advance positively for Lucas Vazquez, who has also failed Atlético de Madrid. Recently, AS explained that the Real Madrid Swiss Army Knife is expected to initial a new three-year lease in the Spanish capital. His salary would also increase to 5 million euros per year. All the lights would therefore be green. This is not necessarily the case with Sergio Ramos (35).
It’s no secret that the different parties have been talking for several months but have not been able to find common ground. Lately, the Madrid captain has taken a step by agreeing to lower his salary, aware that the club is experiencing a financial crisis with the coronavirus epidemic. However, the Ramos clan does not intend to make any concessions about the length of their new lease. The Spaniard wants to extend for two years, until June 2023, while Madrid are only offering him an additional year with a conditional renewal. A point of disagreement that has dragged on for many months between two parties who do not let go. Despite everything, if a few clubs follow his case (PSG, Man City), the priority of the Sevillian would be to stay.
A major degreasing in preparation
At the same time, the residents of the Santiago Bernabéu stadium also plan to degrease and get a facelift. The club will seek to sell certain items deemed undesirable. Alvaro Odriozola, Isco, Mariano Diaz and Marcelo, disappointing this year, are pushed towards the exit. Items on loan will also have to be found elsewhere. Concerning Dani Ceballos (Arsenal), his wish is to return home and not to follow up with a new loan. Betis, his former club, and Atlético are on the spot. Also loaned to London, Martin Odegaard, he should return to the Casa Blanca. The objective of the Spanish team would be to put him in competition with Kroos and Modric in the midfield.
The plan is not the same for Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt). Despite having indicated he will return once the season is over, the Serbian is expected to be sold. In any case, this is the goal of Real Madrid, which wants to recover around 250 million euros thanks to its undesirables. The club should not recover anything, however, thanks to Gareth Bale. Madrid’s management are aware that it will be difficult for them to sell a player with a one-year contract left at a good price (June 2022). If Spurs would like a new one-year loan, the Welshman hasn’t ruled out returning to Madrid. Also at the end of the contract in June 2022, Nacho, Dani Carvajal, Isco, Marcelo or Karim Benzema, will enter a decisive year. For Carvajal and KB9, the trend is for an extension.
Regarding the others, we are heading towards a start this summer, especially for Isco and Marcelo, as explained above. Free in a year too, Raphaël Varane, him, still enters the plans of the Casa Blanca. But the French would not be against a new experience, he who stirs up envy (PSG, MU, Chelsea). Yes AS ensured that an extension with a long-term contract was completed last March, this is still not the case. Eden Hazard arrived two years ago could also pack up. While some executives hope to see him finally triumph and form a magical trio with Benzema and Mbappé in the future, others would not be against a sale. But that would be at a loss. His name, like that of Varane, was however mentioned in a possible deal to recruit Kylian Mbappé.
Mbappé and Haaland followed
Because the French, world champion in 2018, is the priority of Florentino Pérez. Under contract until 2022 at PSG, he still has not extended. The Merengues therefore intend to rush into the breach but they will not be able to make an XXL offer since the club president recalled that the means would be limited this summer. According To Diario Madridista, Real Madrid would offer € 100 million, bonus included. A high sum for a player with one year of contract left. But given its talent and potential, Paris will certainly demand more. The other track explored by Real Madrid leads to Erling Braut Haaland.
But there too it will be necessary to take out the checkbook, although it has a clause fixed at 75 M € valid from 2022. For this summer 2021, even if the BVB has announced that it is not a seller, it would be necessary to put 180 M €! Too much for a Real in the midst of a financial crisis. Apart from the goalkeeper position where Thibaut Courtois gives satisfaction, the Liga team should strengthen at all lines. In defense, whether on the axis or on the sides, there should be movement. In the midfield, it will be necessary to rejuvenate and prepare for the future. Finally, in front, the Merengues will have to prepare for the post-Benzema while bringing new blood. Summer promises to be lively in the Iberian capital!