Real Madrid have made their ambitions known this summer by bringing in Jude Bellingham, Arda Guler and Fran Garcia to the Santiago Bernabeu ahead of the new season.
If that is not enough, the club are now in contention to sign Kylian Mbappe, who is facing an uncertain future at Paris Saint-Germain. It appears the French champions want to get rid of their star player this summer, in order to avoid losing him for free next year.
Thanks to years of remarkable management, Real Madrid have been able to balance their finances extremely well. They have been quite frugal with their spending in recent years while managing to bring in fresh revenue through the sale of fringe players.
This summer, the club had to let go of Eden Hazard and Karim Benzema, two of the highest earners at the Bernabeu. Thanks to that, Real Madrid have more wiggle room, in terms of finances.
The club, therefore, are in a position to finance a move for Mbappe despite spending quite heavily so far this summer. Indeed, Los Blancos have splurged around €128 million on new signings in this window, a large portion of which went into the capture of Jude Bellingham.
The 20-year-old midfielder cost an initial €103 million while the Merengues shelled out €5 million for Garcia and €20 million for Guler. Despite the spending, the Spanish capital giants are in a position to splash the cash for Mbappe and still have some money left over.
However, it is no secret that Los Blancos prefer to sign the former AS Monaco starlet next summer when the player will likely be available on a free transfer.
Saudi Arabian giants Al-Hilal have recently tried to disrupt the transfer saga by coming up with a lucrative offer, but Mbappe has no intention of moving to the Middle East right now.
Real Madrid, for their part, have shown a lot of patience in their pursuit of Mbappe and it will not be surprising to see them wait until August before making a move for the French international.
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.