World Cup years are notoriously difficult ones in which to do transfer business but Real Madrid’s transfer policy generally bucks the trend.
The Spanish giants want the glamour that comes with signing the top players from the biggest tournament on the planet and have previously signed the likes of Fabio Cannavaro, Mesut Ozil and James Rodriguez on the back of an outstanding summer showing.
After a season in which they have fallen away in the league, Madrid will likely look to make a major statement this summer and a high-profile new arrival could see some players depart to balance the books and the squad.
That should interest the Premier League’s big boys. One man who has already reportedly attracted interest from both Arsenal and Liverpool is wideman Lucas Vazquez.
The man valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt is exactly what the Gunners need. The departures of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott have left them lacking pace and width.
Against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final tie, Vazquez showed those qualities with an assist and two key passes.
He also showed a willingness to get stuck in that has been lacking at Arsenal for many a year – with 6 tackles – and was solid with his 31 passes.
Arsenal’s widemen now like to try and press through the middle of teams but Vazquez would provide the new man in charge with a genuine alternative.