Football in Madrid is on fire, and even the sloshing pints of more than 100,000 English football fans, who have landed in Spain's glorious capital in two weeks, will not stand it.
This is a problem that will take several tens of millions of dollars to remedy, but luckily Real Madrid and its competitor Atletico are both well positioned to carry out these expensive conversions. How they evolve will affect the landscape of European elite football over the next five to ten years.
In Atleti things feel like the end of an era.
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Diego Simeone will continue for the time being, but many of his team's pillars, one of the best of the decade around the world, will leave. Antoine Griezmann seems ready to take the step he made last year and finally join Barcelona. Diego Godin, the heart of the team, joins Inter, Juanfran has not renewed his contract and Lucas Hernandez is being sold to Bayern Munich.
It is a tremendous upheaval and many of the players who have become the face of this club have made the difficult change. This is particularly hard to imagine when a manager of Simeones level is the coach and the team is proud to be such a family environment.
The Argentine will remain in his place for the time being, hoping to build a new, young core. The pursuit of Manchester City for the midfield metronome Rodri could be crucial for these works, but there will be interesting arrivals at Atleti – there are always those.
Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala were joined and immediately you could see how both would easily fill holes in Simeone's first XI. Juventus is their potential roadblock in both areas, the former likely to be the target if the Old Lady were to sell the latter.
In Madrid there is also a plan for significant upheavals. When Zinedine Zidane returned to the club in March, things looked different than in his earlier trophy-laden reign. Zidane had partially withdrawn from the club because there was an internal division, which went beyond the level of rebuilding in the club. The following half-time of the results showed that the French's assessment that Madrid had an aging squad at the breaking point was correct. Now it's Zidaneque manda en el club"Says sources." He is responsible.
Perhaps for the first time since Jose Mourinho's fall from Jorge Valdano, a manager has significant control over recruiting players.
In that sense, there were a number of quick turns. Some of them had been expected, like Gareth Bale's seemingly inevitable departure. Others were more surprising. Keylor Navas said he could be fired after Zidane tried for years to refuse Florentino Perez, especially David De Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Internally, this is seen as a compromise between Zidane and some demands of his superiors. Isco's future is in the air, as is that of balloon d & # 39; Or winner Luka Modric and even Toni Kroos. Real Madrid have completely rebuilt the midfield which was the engine of their three Champions League victories, and Paul Pogba is determined to become the new center of the team.
Madrid and Manchester United are discussing transfer of the player. The Old Trafford Club has weakened its attitude towards the sale two months ago. There was always a contract extension this summer, but United had been feeling about it for most of the season, and when Ole Gunnar Solskjær's new manager seemed to get back on his feet, it was easy to see why Mino Raiola reappeared and licked the lips. Ultimately, however, it was the increased transfer value of Pogba that brought the Dutch "super agent" to a standstill.
Real Madrid has long been an obvious target for Pogba – one of the brightest stars of a generation, who should sign for three of the most brilliant clubs in the world. Zidane, as a Frenchman who also conquered the world, would theoretically be the best person under which Pogba could learn and develop.
Amazingly, despite winning a World Cup, Pogba still has a sense of unfulfilled potential. Despite the trophy flood on his mantelpiece and the front pages of magazines and video games staring out at the world, the expectation has always been that he would become a dominant player in the World Match, though we have only seen evidence in fits and starts.
Paradoxically, the club preferred the idea of Christian Eriksen, although Pogba is a Madrid resident who is considered conspicuous and a tremendous brand in his own right. The Spurs midfielder felt certain that he would travel to Spain until Zidane's return influenced the ideas in the marble corridors of the Bernabeu.
Pogba obviously changes the dynamics of the team, while Eriksen would have been a pretty seamless successor to Luka Modric. Along with the removal of the physical strength of Madrid's frontline, which Cristiano Ronaldo has lost and will next lose Gareth Balle's physical condition, next season's Zidane's team will have a different feel and style – especially if the playful, skilful Eden Hazard Bales replacement is. How quickly Brazilian junior players Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior will develop will determine how the new front cuts off, although at least one new striker will arrive – possibly Luka Jovic.
Both clubs have a lot to do this summer to change shape after a further title win in La Liga for Barcelona and to restart.
They will do their business in different ways and take different directions, but undoubtedly the results of their summer spending will influence the outcome of some of the biggest European football games and tournaments in the coming seasons.