Zinedine Zidane hinted that Real Madrid could welcome some late arrivals to the squad ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.
Following a disastrous campaign last term, Zidane and Real got off to a record-breaking start once the summer transfer window opened. A total of €305m was spent on signing the likes of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Rodrygo Goes and Ferland Mendy.
But all of Real’s summer signings came at the beginning of July. They’ve since attempted to offload players to build up funds and pursue more players amid continued talk of a Neymar move.
While they did manage to sell four players, Los Blancos failed to get either Gareth Bale or James Rodriguez off their books. The pair would likely have commanded big transfer fees, which could’ve aided their pursuit of Neymar.
Speaking ahead to Sunday’s trip to Villarreal, though, Zidane refused to rule out any last-minute recruits.
“Up until Monday night, anything can happen. A big signing, two big signings… We’ll have to see,” said Zidane on the club’s website.
“The important thing is tomorrow’s game”.
Goalkeeper Keylor Navas’ future, meanwhile, remains under huge doubt as Real reportedly pursue a move for Paris Saint-Germain’s Alphonse Areola.
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel fueled the speculation by confirming that his number one could leave before Monday’s deadline. Although he didn’t reveal whether a Santiago Bernabeu move for Areola is on the table.
Should the France international indeed join Real, however, Navas will likely head the other way.
“It might happen,” Zidane said on a Navas exit.
“But the important thing is that Keylor will be with us tomorrow and we’re going to try and win the game. As always, anything can happen up until 2 September. We’ve got an important game tomorrow and I’m just focusing on that”.
He added: “What has to happen will happen.
“We have to focus on tomorrow’s game. Keylor will travel and we’ll then have to see what happens”.
Real will travel to the Estadio de la Ceramica for Sunday’s La Liga game against Villarreal, with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).
Following last weekend’s disappointing 1-1 home draw with Real Valladolid, Zidane’s side will be looking to return to winning ways.