Real Madrid have been given a fresh headache as the returning Gareth Bale now must be classified as a non-EU player due to the impact of Brexit, meaning the Spanish giants are now over their quota
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Gareth Bale will now be classified as a non-EU player at Real Madrid due to the impact of Brexit, meaning that the Spanish giants are now above their quota.
Spanish clubs are only allowed to register three non-EU players within theirs squads, although this restriction is often worked around by players obtaining citizenship from Spain or another EU nation.
As things stand, Madrid now have four players who are classified as non-EU as Bale joins the Brazilian trio of Eder Militao, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes as falling into that category.
This scenario means that Los Blancos can only register three of those players in their squad for the new season and one of that quartet will have to be moved on.
Defender Eder Militao is certain to be involved in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad due to the exits of central defenders Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane this summer.
Furthermore, Rodrygo is likely to remain in the Madrid ranks due to his relatively low wage and status, his versatility and lack of genuine transfer interest from elsewhere.
Bale also looks likely to stay in the Spanish capital for next season as Tottenham have ruled out a return for the player following his season-long loan deal last season.
The impact of Brexit means that British players can no longer be registered freely by clubs in Europe, with the status of Kieran Trippier at Atletico Madrid also changing due to this.
This scenario may leave Vinicius as the player who is most likely to leave Los Blancos with a report in Diario AS outlining he may be the odd one out.
The Brazilian forward has been tentatively linked with a move to Manchester United this summer having clocked up 118 first-team appearances for Madrid since joining from Flamengo in 2018.
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The report continues that Vinicius is intent on staying at the club but that United would be the ‘second best option’ for him this summer, opening the door to the possibility of a transfer.
It is clarified that United have already made a significant transfer outlay this summer in the acquisitions of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, the latter of whom was of course signed from the Spanish giants.
Any move for Vinicius is likely to be based on the sales of first-team players – with the likes of Jesse Lingard, Diogo Dalot and Andreas Pereira thought to be among those likely to be moved on this summer.
The other two clubs mentioned as a possible destination are Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, although this is based on speculation rather than any firm interest.
It is added that the Parisian club’s interest in the forward could be particularly relevant in the future of Kylian Mbappe, who is widely reported to be the dream of Madrid.
Vinicius is an attacking livewire – a constant threat with his pace and directness, but he has netted only 15 goals across his three seasons in Spain, providing 19 assists.
Any move to United may be less likely due to the arrival of Sancho, while players such as Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellestri have given the club long-term options in wide attacking areas.
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