In a market where the focus of Florentino Perez and co is completely on departures, Real Madrid are beginning to grow a little concerned that there have been no offers for either Gareth Bale or James Rodriguez.
Despite recent rumours that Bale could return to Tottenham Hotspur and James was headed to Lazio instead of David Silva, Los Blancos have still yet to receive any concrete proposal for either individual.
Time is of the essence for Los Merengues however, with the fiscal impact of COVID-19 having hit the club hard, mainly due to the fact that both players are costing the Spanish giants a combined fee of around 50 million euros in salary per season.
James’ deal in Madrid expires in June 2021, however Bale has two years left on a contract which at this time is benefitting nobody other than then forward’s accountant, especially with Zinedine Zidane refusing to use the Welsh international.
In a normal situation it wouldn’t be unfair to assume that offers would have arrived for the two players in question, yet the market is currently compressed.
Whilst the prospect of sales is bleak for Real Madrid, there is time for the situation to turn around, especially with James having just one year left, this could allow Los Blancos room to negotiate a lower fee.
With regards to Bale, it’s hugely difficult to imagine a situation where a club makes an acceptable offer for the player, and his position has been strong in that he is determined to stay in Madrid.
However, with the delay of Euro 2020 now seeing the tournament played in the summer of 2021, there is a chance Bale could need to leave to ensure his place in the tournament, as it could be his last on the international stage.
Clubs don’t have the disposable income they had prior to the pandemic, and are cutting their cloth accordingly.
There is very little room for the extravagant purchases of such luxury players, and for the clubs that are lucky enough to be going about their transfer business as normal, there simply isn’t an interest in these two ageing stars.