Alan Casey discusses the gluttonous nature of Real Madrid and their tactic of buying players just so other clubs cannot.
World Cup winner Toni Kroos has completed his £24 million move to Real Madrid. And with the arrival of the former Bayern Munich midfielder, attention has now switched to Real’s other targets as the transfer merry-go-round gathers pace after the World Cup.
According to reports in Spain, the next on Florentino Perez’s hit list is the Monaco and Colombia duo Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez, the real star of the World Cup.
It’s always difficult to ascertain the validity of these reports. Admittedly Falcao has been consistently linked with Real ever since his spell with Atletico, but the Rodriguez rumours could be little more than wishful thinking after the playmaker’s impressive World Cup.
However, Madrid’s insatiable appetite is nothing new. They often approach the transfer market like a spoilt child; incessantly demanding the latest hot thing summer after summer.
Perhaps this is necessary; Real could be run on a sort of war economy; requiring star signings every summer and the subsequent boost in revenue from merchandise to keep the machine going.
But if Perez goes on to add Rodriguez and Falcao after the Kroos acquisition then what happens to other current stars like Asier Illarramendi and Isco?
Both Illarramendi and Isco were only signed last summer but they will now face further competition from Kroos and Rodriguez. And it will soon lead to question marks over their places in the side.
Why then were they bought in the first place if as young players they wouldn’t get the time to grow into the team? Real discard talented players like this almost every summer. So if you are one for cynicism, you could conclude that they are sometimes acquiring players like this simply to deny their services to Real’s rivals.
And when they move on from Real, some struggle to fully rediscover the form that made Real buy them in the first place. This is the most damaging consequence of Real’s transfer policy, but once again Perez can flash the cash this summer and the Financial Fair Play rules will have little impact.
The nouveau riche Monaco may fancy themselves as the new financial heavyweight on the block., but if after the summer their two star players have fled to Spain, they will have received a harsh lesson in power play from the real, pardon the pun, masters of football gluttony.
Alan Casey, Pundit Arena.