Real Madrid are reportedly preparing to freeze all transfer activity for the upcoming transfer window.
Madrid are projected to lose up to 25 percent of their annual income due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and the inability to earn revenue from match-day sales, the Bernabeu tour, and the Bernabeu shop has contributed a significant reduction to their overall income.
The LaLiga giants have been linked with big money moves for Kylian Mbappé, Erling Haaland, and Eduardo Camavinga as part of an ambitious summer rebuild, but according to ABC Deportes, Los Blancos will not go ahead and pursue any of their transfer targets at least in the upcoming transfer window.
If LaLiga is ultimately voided without the payment of the TV revenues then the impact could be even more dramatic.
The ABC report goes on to state that the only new additions to the Madrid squad for the 2020-2021 season will be Martin Odegaard, Achraf Hakimi, and Andriy Lunin, and manager Zinedine Zidane will be urged to stick with his current crop and re-include players like Gareth Bale and James Rodríguez.
To recall Odegaard and Achraf means at least two players would need to leave so as to balance the squad. But the difficult economic situation of all football clubs globally, means that “nobody wants to leave Real Madrid and nobody wants to pay Real Madrid level transfer fees or salaries for new recruits”.
Irene Lozano, president of the Consejo Superior de Deportes, has said that Spanish football must plan its future with the idea of playing “behind closed doors until 2021”.