River Plate’s 20-year-old central midfielder, Exequiel Palacios, seemed destined to join Real Madrid this summer after all reports suggested a deal was wrapped up between the clubs and player in January of 2019. Renato Corsi, the agent of Palacios, met with AS and discussed what had actually caused the last minute breakdown. “Palacios had bad luck, the deal was done, but unfortunately he got injured. Real Madrid told us they would come back when he recovered, but the club’s priorities changed after last seasons results and they wanted to bet on bigger players. Madrid is a gentleman like club and treated Exequiel very well,” Corsi commented.
Palacios has recovered and currently still plies his trade for River Plate. “Real Madrid know that he’s a fantastic player and in football you never know, maybe in the future...” Corsi concluded.
Arsenal, as well as Atletico Madrid, have now emerged as a potential suitors for the midfielder. It’s unclear whether he will remain another year at River Plate or take the plunge into Europe. Madrid are likely still keeping tabs on the player, but as Corsi stated, the new priorities given the change in the first team’s management structure, and more specifically Zidane’s needs, meant “bigger name” transfers are the focused.