Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez has cast doubt over the quick transfers of Arsenal and Manchester United targets.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has banned the European champions from discussing any deals for players who could leave the Bernabeu until after the World Cup in Brazil.
There are several Real Madrid first team stars who have been linked with moves to the Premier League with the likes of Angel Di Maria and Karim Benzema frequently linked with moves to Arsenal and Manchester United.
Spanish newspaper Marca suggests the main motive behind the order is a desire from Perez to try and keep the squad together after a relatively successful season, which saw Los Blancos pip local rivals Atletico to the Champions League title in Lisbon.
“The club president's orders are clear: a blanket ban on listening to any offers for anyone until after the World Cup,” reports Marca.
It’s arguable that this is nothing more than a sensible approach from Perez with a view to the summer rather than a more aggressive approach to stop key players leaving.
The World Cup presents a number of potential obstacles for clubs in terms of transfers, with clubs likely to show a greater willingness to keep stars who are consistent in Brazil.
There is also the complication of injuries which is impossible for any club to predict.
Real Madrid have several players on international duty this month and a bad injury to a key player in a key position, could create a greater desire to keep another player linked with an exit, who can cover that position.
Perez often makes big, bold claims in relation to the transfer market but there are several examples where he has followed through on big claims, with the most recent being the arrival of Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur.
Perez’ ‘ban’ could also be evidence that he doesn’t want to do business with third parties, who are the main people trying to force through deals before the World Cup starts.
It’s impossible to talk directly to a player because Real Madrid’s key stars will be fully focused on their international commitments and not on the deal, which could see them engineer a move away for the Bernabeu this summer.
It’s a blow for the fans getting excited over the possibility of signing top quality Real Madrid talent, but it doesn’t mean departures from the Spanish club are now impossible.