Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano has ruled out making any more major signings until the Spanish giants can offload some of their existing players.
Madrid have splashed out almost €230m already this summer on bringing in Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Raul Albiol, while Alvaro Negredo and Ezequiel Garay have also been added to the squad.
A deal for Getafe midfielder Esteban Granero to return to the Bernabeu also appears to be close, but that could well be the final addition until Madrid, who have been chasing Liverpool duo Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa, manage to trim their squad down.
Players such as Javier Saviola, Javi Garcia, Fabio Cannavaro and Jordi Codina have already moved on, but Madrid will be keen to cash in on a number of other first-teamers in order to recoup some of their money and free up some squad space.
“The transfer door will remain closed until some players have left, other than for exceptional cases such as that of Granero,” said Valdano, who admits it has not been easy to offload players.
“There are days when you take a step forward and others a step back. We are continually working on player exits. It’s a difficult market but until the last moment we will continue working hard on finding a possible exit for the players that are not in the coach’s plans.”
One Madrid player whose future has been in the news of late is Dutch striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
Huntelaar, who only moved to Spain at the start of the year, had looked set to join German side Stuttgart after missing Madrid’s pre-season trip to Ireland to try to sort out his future, but that move has now fallen through.
A number of other clubs have been linked to the former Ajax player, but Valdano insists there is nothing concrete on the table for Huntelaar at this time.
“There is no firm offer. We had a great opportunity, but the player decided to let it pass. There is a long way to go until the end of August and we hope to find another European club that is interested.
“He (Huntelaar) will occupy a secondary role in the squad because he has not had the same preparation as his team-mates and he already knows what the club’s intentions are.”