Our writer Chris Baker had an exclusive chat with Daily Mirror’s La Liga specialist Ed Malyon, as they speak about the summer 2016 transfer activity thus far and La Liga next season.
The return of Alvaro Morata has sparked many, many rumours about his long-term future, are Madrid looking to keep Morata or are they keen to sell to make a major profit?
I think inevitably Real Madrid are happy to keep a player of that ability as their ‘fourth forward’ behind the BBC. They are also happy to sell him if he wants first-team football as they’ll make a tidy profit.
The fee, for me, is ludicrous and I wouldn’t pay it but it feels like Madrid are waiting for clubs to get desperate at the end of the window.
Remember also that it isn’t in their interest particularly to sell to Chelsea as they know it may facilitate diego Costa’s return to Atletico, thus strengthening a rival.
Jese and James Rodríguez have both been frustrated by their playing time with Madrid over the last year or so, do they have a future with the club or are they likely to seek a move away this summer?
Jese is certain to leave this summer although it is more likely to be a loan than a permanent deal (which would come with a buyback clause anyway).
James Rodriguez obviously would cost a lot more and there doesn’t appear to be an obvious suitor for him. He has a huge contract in Madrid and wants to play for a team challenging for trophies. Should nobody come up with the cash he may have to stay at the Bernabeu.
Should that come to pass there will no doubt be a huge stage managing of the situation but the fact is Zidane would happily sell him this summer if someone came up with the cash.
Neymar recently signed a bumper new contract with Barcelona and was amid to sign an extension and not move away, with the interest from PSG, was he ever close to leaving?
No. There was 0% chance of him leaving.
You are well known to watch Spanish football, which young players breaking through would you advise big European clubs to cast their eye on this summer?
There are plenty. If I was a Premier League club I’d just buy five £8m players from La Liga knowing that you’re going to likely be able to sell at least two of them on for more.
Lots of the players I’ve recommended to clubs have already moved this summer but I like Marco Asensio a lot, Joao Cancelo, Jose Luis Gaya, Radoja up at Celta, Rubén Pardo, Jorge Mere….
Barcelona will be looking for a fourth forward this summer as they need more rotation going into the new season, Lucas Vietto and Ángel Correa have been noted as possible targets, who else is on their radar?
This seems to be panning out well for Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruña. Vietto will sign for Sevilla, I’m told, while Correa is too good for Atletico to sell.
Gameiro will be too expensive, setting up Lucas nicely.
Manchester United have stepped up interest in Paul Pogba and have reportedly seen their first offer turned down by Juventus, are Madrid still in the hunt for him, or have they been priced out?
They are broadly interested but they’re not needing to make the sort of splash that United are and Zidane wants to keep his starting XI that won the Champions League.
That means no new starters and certainly not ones that cost that much money.
Atletico are looking for a new striker this summer to partner Antoine Griezmann. First choice is, of course Diego Costa but what is the likelihood of his leaving Chelsea under new boss Antonio Conte?
Chelsea insist that Costa is absolutely not for sale and Atletico, albeit desperate to sign him, are finally close to giving up.
It still feels like it could happen but Chelsea struggling to sign other forwards makes it even less likely.
Arda Turan has endured a torrid spell in Barcelona with regards to playing time, is a move to China on the cards this summer or does he want to prove himself?
He wants to prove himself but Barcelona are preparing for life without him. His attitude stinks.
Barcelona are in the market for young talent this summer and this is proven with their recent signings, could they look to Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin to replace Dani Alves?
They can look all they like, they can’t afford him!
Sevilla lost their midfield rock this summer after Grzegorz Krychowiak signed for PSG, are they looking to replace him with a high-market midfielder?
They have bought a whole load of exciting attacking midfielders this summer already and are still pursuing Dani Parejo of Valencia.
I haven’t seen them linked with anyone as solid defensively as Krychowiak which is a concern but with Jorge Sampaoli in charge now the focus was always going to be on attack.
Sevilla will be fun to watch.
The usual top three in Spain will run away with La Liga as expected next season, but can you see any surprise teams making a name for themselves?
Sevilla could do if they really click under Sampaoli but the reality of La Liga is that nobody will.
Malaga and Betis have made some interesting signings this month while Espanyol have been taken over. Any of the three could break the top seven.