Real Madrid Transfers: The 4 biggest priorities in 2021

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Real Madrid, Luka Jovic
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4. Real Madrid must find ideal loans for three players

Why would I list finding suitable loans as one of Real’s biggest priorities in 2021 from a transfer perspective? Because player development is crucial to Los Blancos under Florentino Perez’s new model of targeting young players. Additionally, the importance of developing young talent is heightened when the team’s finances are restricted; they must work with what they have.

Madridistas have been thoroughly disappointed with Takefusa Kubo’s and Reinier Jesus’ loans. Kubo’s loan could be terminated so that he switches from Villarreal to Getafe, where he would play more frequently and actually be the focal point of a club. Kubo could help Getafe reach the next level and qualify for the Europa League.

In 2021-2022, Kubo would likewise need a loan to a club that can give him playing time. He is still too young and unpolished to contribute regularly for Real Madrid. Not everyone is like Rodrygo Goes and ready to excel right off the bat as a U21 player. Most should take the Martin Odegaard route.

As for Reinier, his loan at Borussia Dortmund has been a complete disaster. Reinier has received a not-so-nice 69 minutes in a meager four substitute appearances in the Bundesliga. Whereas Kubo at least regularly plays in the Europa League, Reinier has a mere 19 Champions League minutes. Like Kubo, Reinier can be a world-class attacking midfielder for Real Madrid, but he needs the game time more than anything else.

Both of those players need much better loans in 2021-2022. Every month riding the bench in the league is a month wasted.

But they are not the only ones in need of a good loan move. Luka Jovic cost Real Madrid 60 million euros, and they will never get their return on investment as it stands right now. It is better to loan him so that he can play regularly. If he impresses, he can either succeed Karim Benzema in a couple of years, or he can be sold for more than he would right now. Selling Jovic in the summer 2021 transfer window is foolish, to be honest. Loaning him to the right place? That makes more sense.

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Real Madrid could also loan Vinicius Junior in 2021-2022, but I still think he is important to the first team. If that outlook changes, we can have that conversation about Vini, too. For now, though, these are the three young players who need to go to places where they can actually develop. A LOT of thought needs to be put into each loan and the fit and nurturing relationship the loanees would have with each club.