The long and historic rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona has been around for well over a century. These two fierce rivals are known for their accomplishments throughout history, and for their commitment to achieving major success every year. For these two clubs, it’s all about bragging rights.
However, the feud doesn’t just take place on the pitch. These clubs are known for investing heavily via the transfer market. The objective for both clubs is to simply build a stronger squad. The transfer market is a very reliable source for both. Over the years, their investments in the market has played major roles in their success and/or failures.
This year’s war:
Real Madrid is coming off a dreadful season. Starting with the selling of Cristiano Ronaldo and the shocking departure of Zinedine Zidane after the 2018 UEFA Champions League final. In Real Madrid’s case, dreadful is an understatement. However, Zidane is back at the helm, thus igniting the rebuilding process.
To bulk up their offensive attack, Los Blancos acquired Eden Hazard from Chelsea. For further strength, they acquired striker Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt. Both are prolific scorers and can be the cure for Real Madrid scoring struggles. Furthermore, Real Madrid is desperate to ease the pain of Ronaldo no longer being around.
Adding to their defense, they acquired left-back Ferland Mendy. Mendy is dubbed as the “Kylian Mbappé of left-backs.” Alongside Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, and compatriot Raphaël Varane, Mendy has the chance of part of an elite cohesive defensive unit.
Barcelona’s biggest transfer investment so far is Antoine Griezmann. This transfer takes place a little over a year after he declined a move to Barcelona, opting to stay with Atlético Madrid.
Griezmann ought to fit in well with the likes of Lionel Messi, Phillipe Coutinho, and Luis Suarez. However, in Coutinho’s case, it was reported that he wants out of Barcelona. Furthermore, Barcelona expressed an interest in reacquiring Neymar. In addition, Neymar told PSG he wants out of the French capital.
Barcelona reportedly offered Paris Saint-Germain €40 million, along with Coutinho and Ousmane Dembélé. However, PSG has reportedly rejected the offer. But Barcelona currently has a new offer for PSG. This offer is €100 million along with two players.
Basically, it’s obvious Barcelona is looking to further invest in order to further strengthen their team. However, it’s obvious that the proposals and options are no walk in the park as far as Barcelona’s front office is concerned.
Who’s winning this battle?
For the moment, it’s too early to be sure who’s winning. Barcelona currently has the advantage since they’ve got a well-stacked team. Real Madrid has plenty of depth, as well, but it’s time for some fresh faces.
With Real Madrid’s struggles last year, the attacking unit of Messi, Coutinho, Suarez, and Griezmann makes Barcelona dangerous. However, Real Madrid is looking to build a lineup that can combat the effects of Barcelona’s dangerous tactics. In other words, Barcelona’s flexing their muscles, but Real Madrid is looking to get bigger muscles.
While Barcelona is looking to figure out a way to bring back Neymar, Real Madrid isn’t done yet. Real Madrid is working on acquiring Kylian Mbappé and Paul Pogba. With both Pogba and Mbappé under Zidane’s care, Real Madrid has a chance to give Barcelona a run for their money. For the time being, it’s unclear how close both clubs are to making their next big investment.
At this point, the battle is still ongoing. And the end is nowhere near.
What’s at stake for both clubs?
There’s only one thing that both clubs are hungry for; The Champions League title. For both clubs, the La Liga title isn’t enough as it only grants them qualification to the next Champions League tournament.
Over the years, both clubs have heavily invested in the transfer market in order to secure the Champions League title. In other words, it’s all about the ultimate prize and doing whatever it takes to win it.