Espanyol striker Joselu to join Real Madrid on loan ahead of next season

Espanyol striker Joselu to join Real Madrid on loan ahead of next season

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The Spain striker's 16 goals have not prevented Espanyol's relegation to the second division

Joselu's time at Espanyol seems to be numbered. The Pericos, who will have to reduce their wage bill due to relegation, will not be able to keep the Spain striker in their squad and his departure is almost certain. The formula decided by all parties, after the interest of Real Madrid, would be a season-long loan, with Joselu returning to Espanyol in case of promotion next season. Possible transfers of players from Madrid's academy are being considered as compensation.

Joselu has ended up being one of the top scorers in the Primera despite Espanyol's poor season. His season has been exceptional but the poor defensive performance of the Blue and Whites has consummated their relegation. Joselu already declared a few days ago that he felt a bit cheated by the project and we will have to see what happens if he finally goes to Madrid because he might not come back in the future.

Espanyol would receive an economic consideration for the loan in a very favourable operation for Madrid, who would get a striker at a very low cost. In the agreement, which could be formalised in the next few days, a loan of a player from Castilla could be finalised. Espanyol are waiting for a new sporting directorate to make a final decision, but there are already players on the table such as Nico Paz, Vinícius Tobías and Sergio Arribas.

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