Real Madrid wisely won’t loan young star to Arsenal

Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, Florentino Perez (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, Florentino Perez (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images) /

Real Madrid could make a couple of moves in the winter transfer window, but they need to be careful who they let go on loan.

As it stands right now, there is only one player who wants to leave Real Madrid in the winter transfer window, and that man is attacking midfielder Isco. The Andalusian received some minutes in the final game before Christmas vs. Granada, but his best opportunity at playing time would be elsewhere. Arsenal could be a good match, as they need the creativity if they are adamant on not giving Mesut Ozil another chance.

Another Real Madrid player has been linked to Arsenal, too, albeit on a loan deal. Vinicius Junior has scored three goals with two assists this season, but he’s had some low points. Arsenal seem to have interest, though the 20-year-old’s struggles in front of goal may not make him the best fit.

Either way, it’s extremely difficult to see such loan deal materializing at mid-season, especially in light of Rodrygo Goes’ potential three-month absence following an injury against Granada.

Defensa Central’s Matthew Vallejo reports that neither Zinedine Zidane nor Florentino Perez are even contemplating loaning Vinicius Junior to Arsenal. The two key decision-makers at Real Madrid still view Vinicius as important to the team’s plans in the title race, and thus they are uninterested in loaning him out in January.

It’s a wise decision for Real, if not an obvious one. Arsenal’s interest in Vini isn’t new, as we heard the same remarks at this time last season. And Vini went on to play a critical role in the 34th league title, including a massive goal in the Clasico that effectively put Real Madrid in the driver’s seat for the title.

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Eden Hazard’s health at the left wing position is no guarantee, even if he’s set to return to the pitch after Christmas. So with Rodrygo out, there is no real alternative other than Vinicius. Yes, he could benefit from playing every game on loan, but would his situation at Arsenal and the draconian Arteta be better than where he’s at with Real? As the Takefusa Kubo and Reinier Jesus loans have taught us, not every loan is as safe as it seems. Furthermore, Vinicius’ importance to the first team right now is clear.