With mass amounts of money being passed around this summer, there will always be winners and losers of any trade. Yet, at the top of football, losing out on certain players can be immensely costly.
For Chelsea and Manchester City fans, things may turn out alright considering the amount of money each club has spent this summer. However, the Premier League duo have still faced their own struggles in the transfer market.
Despite signing some stellar players, Spanish outfit Real Madrid look set to win the window, with a successful move for one of the window’s most sought after talents, Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe.
The 18-year-old sensation has been the one man everyone wants at their club and, while many don’t have the financial power to sign the youngster, his future may have been decided by the transfer failings of England’s top clubs.
Now, he looks likely to end up – if reports by Spanish outlet Marca are to be believed – at the Santiago Bernabéu, with both City and Chelsea funding his move, as a result of their most recent purchases.
Collectively, Manchester City and Chelsea have spent more than £95 million on Real Madrid’s bench players, which will inevitably help fund the Los Blancos prospective move for Mbappe.
Chelsea, the current Premier League champions, had to turn their attention to signing Alvaro Morata, after being beaten to the signature of Romelu Lukaku by Manchester United.
Had they signed the Belgium international, their new Spanish striker would likely have remained at Madrid.
The reported £70 million deal, according to the Independent, has benefitted Madrid massively, allowing them to ship out a bench player for a mega fee, leaving their first-team unharmed.
Similarly to Chelsea, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side have had to pay a big fee for another one of Real Madrid’s back-up players after missing out on Juventus’ Dani Alves, who instead joined Paris Saint Germain.
Danilo, who spent last season behind Dani Carvajal in Zinedine Zidane’s pecking order, cost City £26.5 million, according to the Guardian. While it isn’t a huge figure, for a player that isn’t a first team regular, the price-tag is quite hefty.
Both these sales have given Madrid a useful amount of money to spend this summer and, along with the removal of James Rodriguez’s pay from the wage budget, a superstar in the form of Mbappe could be on the way to the Spanish capital.
Indeed, following these moves, Marca have reported that Madrid and Monaco have agreed a world-record fee of €180 million, a figure that eclipses Paul Pogba’s world record move to Manchester United.
It remains to be seen as to whether the Spanish outlet are just speculating, but with the finance Real Madrid have available to them, thanks to Chelsea and Manchester City, Los Blancos could be set to smash the world record transfer fee this summer.