Real Madrid, one of the richest clubs in the world and that in recent decades has seen no problem investing real fortunes to have stars like Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luís Figo, Gareth Bale, and Eden Hazard, has reached the last day of the transfer window of 2020/2021 season without spending a measly penny.

Real’s “drought” in this window has another reason: planning. Basically, the club decided to save money now to try to build a real team next season. President Florentino Pérez and his board realized that their three main wishes (Kylian Mbappé, Erling Haaland, and Eduardo Camavinga) would be unviable targets at this point and that hiring them in 2021 would be a far less complicated task.

Real’s number one priority is the hiring of Mbappé. The deal, practically impossible to close at this point (after all, imagine how much it would cost). As the shirt 7 contract runs until 2022, the window of the beginning of the 2020/2021 season will be the last one in which the Parisian team can earn some money from the player. If he refuses to negotiate, there is a real risk that he will leave the following year without any indemnity payment.