Real Madrid will keep making moves on this winter's transfer market right after announcing Martin Ødegaard's signing. Sources within the organization told Managing Madrid that the club will announce Asier Illarramendi's departure and Lucas Silva's signing this very same week.
Real Madrid expected to confirm these two deals today, but decided to wait until the end of the week instead. Even though Bilbao's interest in the midfielder is long-standing, it wasn't until early this week that both clubs started to take this matter seriously. Even coach Ernesto Valverde himself confirmed Bilbao's interest after their Copa del Rey match against Málaga.
On the other hand, Real Madrid always consider Lucas Silva as an option to join the club this winter, and the Brazilian midfielder will be the chosen one to fill Illarramendi's shoes.