Real Madrid summer activity can shape next term’s Premier League
In the immediate aftermath of Jose Mourinho’s departure, much change is set to ensue at Real Madrid this summer, with Los Blancos focusing the bulk of their attention on potential squad additions from the Premier League.
And with the Santiago Bernabeu revolving door prepared to go into motion, the realisation of Real’s summer transfer ambitions can go some way to shaping England’s top flight next term.
Tottenham may prove worst affected, with nine-time European champions Los Merengues’ interest in Gareth Bale remaining at a peak.
Although Spurs chairman Daniel Levy insists the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year is going nowhere, he could soon have a monumental decision to make, in light of Real’s apparent will to pay £85m for the 23-year-old.
The materialisation of such a deal would see Real smash their own £80m world record transfer fee, attributed to Cristiano Ronaldo, and would force Spurs to cease their reliance on one sole player.
That said, Bale’s exit would certainly negate Tottenham’s hopes of achieving a top-four finish next season, and Liverpool’s chances would appear to suffer the same sort of blow should influential striker Luis Suarez swap Anfield for the Bernabeu this summer.
Suarez’ growing frustrations with the English media have led to inclinations he wants out of the Premier League, and he could find solace in a move to Spain, as Los Vikingos aim to bolster their frontline.
The Reds could be powerless to resist, as Real look willing to trigger a £40m release clause in the controversial Uruguayan’s contract, and may tie up a deal upon the appointment of their next permanent manager.
In contrast though, Arsenal are a Premier League club who may be set to benefit from the mass changes set to occur at Los Blancos, as Arsene Wenger prepares to capitalise on Gonzalo Higuain’s desire to quit the La Liga giants.
Indeed, the Argentinian forward has outlined his intention to leave the Bernabeu this summer, and the Gunners would be well served to firm up their long-standing interest in the 26-year-old, who has the type of unerring consistent finishing ability Arsenal have lacked since Thierry Henry’s 2007 departure from the club.
Juventus are also interested, but £20m should be enough to ensure Higuain joins a renewed Emirates top-four tilt next term.
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