Reports: Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez clash over transfer targets
Real Madrid have been quite in this transfer window is an understatement. A club of their spending power and habit should have signed at least one marquee signing by now but that doesn't seem to be the case.
Their only signing of the window so far has been Alvaro Morata from Juventus after activating his buy-back clause. Zidane recently admitted they were chasing several targets including Paul Pogba but so far fans have ben left without a fresh face to gaze upon.
It's not that Los Blancos need new signings but certainly, the squad needs strengthening in midfield. Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro are the three players Zidane is most likely to start with next season but they could surely use a signing or tow to really show off their squad depth.
The media are suggesting the club want to sign Moussa Sissoko but so far no formal bid or any sign of a move for the player has materialised. He is among many other targets the club have been linked but nothing substantial has taken place so far.
A report in The London Evening Standard suggests that the club are in pursuit of Nemanja Matic, and by the club I mean Zidane wants the Chelsea man. But Perez is more keen on Newcastle’s Sissoko instead.
This difference in opinion between the director and manager have caused a stall on transfer dealings this summer. There is a disagreement over which midfield player would be ideal for the club and this has made Zidane immobile in the market.
It is worrying signs for Madrid but at the same time there is light at the end of the tunnel. While Zidane is unable to reach a conclusion as to who to target with the board it is encouraging to see that Perez is not ruling over him with an Iron fist.
It might be signs that the president is willing to give Zizou more power in the players he chooses, contrary to his usual method of signing the players he wants. But regardless of the nature of these arguments the issue cannot remain unsolved.
Zidane without several stars for UEFA super cup
Zidane might regret not making a signing in the window by missing out on an opportunity to win the first silverware of the year. His team will play the UEFA super Cup against Sevilla on the 9th of August but most of his main stars will be unavailable.
The likes of Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale have just re-joined training and Benzema’s fitness is still a concern. Ronaldo and Pepe will only land in Spain on the 10th o August after their excursions at the UEFA Euro 2016.