We said on last week’s edition of the High Press Podcast that we expect Real Madrid to enjoy their summer transfer period much more than rivals Atlético Madrid and Barcelona.
The biggest reason for that? The massive debts hanging over both Atleti and Barça. Per ESPN FC, Atletico’s net debt is €522M ($565M); Barcelona’s is €217M ($235M).
As it turns out, Fabio Capello, who’s managed the England national team, Real Madrid, Juventus, Roma and AC Milan, among others, either A) listens to our podcast or B) just happens to agree. As much as I’d love to think the answer is actually “C) both,” that’s not really the point here.
“I think that Real Madrid are the only team in Spain that won’t come out destroyed by the pandemic. Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are going to suffer a lot.”
He also addressed the transfer market in general, which he expects to “return to a more reasonable level” in terms of the fees spent on players.
There’s plenty more to come this week on High Press Soccer on what to expect from Spain’s big three (at least in terms of budget — Los Rojiblancos are sixth in the table), but Capello’s comments were more reason to believe RM will have a strong enough summer to enter the 2020-21 season as the favorites to win La Liga.