Real Madrid has a mixed week at the transfer window.
While Real Madrid players were away on their World Cup duties this week for Germany, Croatia, Brazil and Spain amongst the others, the back room was busy in scouting and signing players for the future.
The first to join the European champions this season is the 19-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin. Lunin has impressed several clubs with his performance in the Europa League this season, after impressing in the Ukrainian Premier League. At Zorya Luhansk, the 19-year-old made 29 league appearances throughout the season.
The teenager further has signed a six-year deal with the Spanish side for a reported €14 million (£12.3m/$16.3m) fee. Many English Premier League clubs sighted the goalkeeper to join their side for this season, with Liverpool being one of them before the Ukranian made his decision this week.
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Lunin’s dream destination has been Madrid since he gave an interview early in 2017 where he was still playing for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. He quickly cemented his place in the playing XI before moving to Zorya Luhansk.
There was one particular encounter which caught the eye of the Real Madrid scouts, which was the Zorya’s encounter against Athletic Club Bilbao. The teenager performed exceptionally well in the game, which made the scouts tick a box or two against his name for the club.
“We thank Andriy Lunin for his efforts for Zorya,” the Ukrainian club said in a statement.
Kovacic trouble at Bernabeu:
Mateo Kovacic has had an unusual career at Real Madrid despite winning three consecutive Champions Trophy, while also winning the league title last year with the Madrid side.
Mateo Kovačić: “I want to play more and it's better for me to leave Real Madrid. I love football and being on the grass, so I want the opportunity to be a starter. If I do not play I'm not happy.”
Paging Manchester United. Step up.
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The Croatian midfielder has not played a whole lot for the European champions since joining the club 3 years ago. In an interview with MARCA in Russia, the midfielder talked about his future at club level.
He said, “I understand the situation, but because of that I believe the best thing for me would be to go to another club where I’d have the opportunity to play regularly as a starter.”
Further, he added that “I have been at Real Madrid for three years and haven’t played too much, something which has affected my status with the national team.”
However, it now looks like the Croatian has all but said that he wants an exit from a trophy-winning Santiago Bernabeu to another club where he has to fight for a trophy albeit being a starter?