Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has claimed that no club will be able to afford to sign Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe without the financial backing of the European Super League.
Only Madrid and Barcelona remain a part of the ESL, which was formed earlier this week, as 10 of the original founding clubs backed out after facing severe backlash from fans and former players. And Perez has insisted that the project continues to survive and no club will be able to sign big-money players without the cash injection the Super League could provide.
"In general, there will not be big transfers this summer," Perez told El Larguero before adding, "Somebody has to give us another format, to earn more money. As without earning more money, this will all die. We are just working on saving football, after this pandemic. Madrid income falling from 900m to 600m this year. We have worked very hard on something that would satisfy everyone."
He continued, "It cannot be that in England, the six lose money, and 14 make money. In Spain the top three lose money, and the others make money. It cannot continue - at the moment the rich are those who are losing money. In general, there will not be big transfers this summer. When money does not flow from the rich clubs to the poor clubs, everyone suffers."
Perez further stated, "It's impossible to make signings like [Kylian] Mbappe and Haaland, in general, not just for Real Madrid, without the Super League. This is a pyramid, and the money runs down, there would be money for everyone."
Madrid have been linked with both players since last summer and were contemplating making a move for Mbappe in the upcoming transfer window. Perez added: "If we don't sign Mbappe this summer, I don't think any fan will shoot himself in the head. They know we're doing our best, and if things don't happen, it's because they're impossible."