Real Madrid have parted ways with an abundance of players this summer. Owing to ample room on the wage bill and renewed motivation to rebuild the squad, Los Blancos continue to search for viable opportunities in the transfer market.
While Real Madrid have set their sights on many top-quality prospects and already sealed the signing of Fran Garcia, Jude Bellingham and Joselu, the club are looking to reinforce the depth of the squad as well.
Linked heavily with Getafe’s David Soria, Real Madrid yearned to pick up an adequate backup for Courtois as Andriy Lunin is reportedly set to hit the exit door, aiming for more minutes.
However, despite reportedly engaging in discussions with Getafe president Angel Torres regarding a potential summer move for Soria, according to SER Deportivos, the 30-year-old Spanish goalkeeper has opted not to join Real Madrid.
Soria, whose market value stands at €8 million, started playing football in Spain, and he spent a sizable chunk of his formative years with Real Madrid. The presence of Iker Casillas made it difficult for the Spaniard to break into the first team, in spite of rising through La Fabrica ranks.
Soria then spent five years in Sevilla after a brief stint at Leicester City, before moving to Getafe in 2018. The 30-year-old has been a regular presence in goal for the Azulones and played an important role in their survival from the threat of relegation this season.
Talks over a move back to Real Madrid were understood to be progressing, but the aforementioned report states that Soria will not be leaving the Coliseum Alfonso Perez for the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.
With Madrid’s intention of bolstering the squad with well-rounded profiles, they will certainly have to bring in someone once Lunin’s imminent exit materializes.
Soria would have proven to be a solid understudy to Courtois, but now the Merengues are obliged to look elsewhere.
Rayo Vallecano’s Stole Dimitrievski and RCD Espanyol ace Fernando Pacheco have been linked with the club and may now be considered options. The summer is long and Perez will surely evaluate the best possible solution for his squad.
Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas
There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.
Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.
Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.
And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.
Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.
Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.
Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.
Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.
The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.