Now that Real Madrid have raised funds from the sale of Morata, it could lead to a swoop for the Monaco sensation.
Alvaro Morata has begun to say his goodbyes to the Real Madrid staff ahead of his €80 million move to Premier League champions Chelsea, but it leaves a gaping hole in Los Blancos’ squad, a gap they can’t afford to leave blank ahead of an important season in which they seek to retain both La Liga and the Champions League titles.
Antonio Conte, despite what’s reported, moved for Morata only after missing out on Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United and Manchester City are interested in €30 million right back Danilo after Dani Alves chose Paris Saint-Germain.
Interestingly enough, it could be the transfer failings of these clubs that have paved the way for Kylian Mbappe to make a world record move to the Santiago Bernabeu. Despite Monaco’s reluctance to sell, the 18-year-old is keen on a move to the Spanish capital and it would be hard for Les Monegasques to reject it.
ose Mourinho is a known admirer of Morata having introduced him to the first team set-up during his time as boss at the Bernabeu, but missed out on the striker and opted for Lukaku instead.
Chelsea, as a result, missed out on their number one target and had to move for Morata. That’s €80 million Real Madrid are banking for what was effectively a reserve player.
Similarly, Dani Alves chose to sign for Ligue 1 club PSG instead of Manchester City and it forced Pep Guardiola to move for Danilo, which would cost the club around 30 million, to provide depth and competition for Kyle Walker.
Throw in the €10 million two-year loan for James Rodriguez and Bayern Munich’s option to buy the Colombian for 35 million in 2019, plus the fact that he’s taken off the wage bill, that’s €120 million sitting in Madrid’s coffers. They’re not exactly ones to look to save money now are they
Interestingly enough, €120 million is around the sort of fee Monaco would be looking for to release Mbappe from his contract. The teenage sensation is chased by every European giant across the continent and it’s ironic that it’s their transfer failings that have caused this domino effect, with the fallout possibly leading Mbappe to Madrid.
With room to manoeuvre in the transfer and wage budgets, it’s left Madrid with a heap of cash ready to be spent on a big deal for Mbappe. If the sales of Morata, Danilo and James led to Mbappe’s arrival, then Madrid deserve commendation for their business. The fees they’ve extracted for their reserve players are commendable.
RealSport have previously analysed why the era of midfielders, the likes of Isco, Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos, at Madrid is likely to cause the dismantling of the fabled trident BBC –Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema & Cristiano Ronaldo-, one of these forwards might have to make way for Mbappe.
The 18-year-old needs regular game time at this crucial stage of his development. The only way he’d continue his upwards trajectory is if he’s playing week in week out at the highest level; time on the bench will only serve to hinder his progress.
If Madrid were to sign Mbappe as a result of the Morata sale, they’d have to make some assurances of first team football, which means one of the BBC will have to drop to the bench to take on Morata’s reserve role. It’s not going to be Ronaldo, which leaves Benzema and the injury prone Bale, with whom a number of Madridistas are losing their patience.
Following the sale of Morata and expected departure of Danilo, Madrid now have the money to fund a world record swoop for Mbappe. Therefore, it’s just a question of making enough room in the squad