Whilst fans at Real Madrid expect purchases to dominate the club’s focus throughout the summer months, they are likely to be disappointed this time around with Los Blancos beginning an exit operation with the hope of raising 180 million euros.
Florentino Perez’s priority for the market is to sell players, especially with the number of players that the club currently has on their books.
In the post-COVID 19 world, financial stability is of even more importance, and this also comes at a time when Los Merengues are working towards a major remodel of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid’s squad remains calm, they know that the sales won’t begin until after the Champions League has ended, although Javi Sanchez and Achraf Hakimi have already signed for Real Valladolid and Inter, respectively for a combined fee of 43.5 million euros.
James and Bale
The two players that bring the most doubts are Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, and they are the pair that Real Madrid will aggressively try and push out of the club.
Bale has reached a point of no return in the Spanish capital, despite his agent saying that the player wants to stay, he knows that with Zinedine Zidane staying on the bench he won’t play football.
Los Blancos’ board continue to believe that Bale is a player that can make a significant contribution, but the reality is that Zidane doesn’t want to coach him or have him on his team.
The club don’t plan to give Bale away, nor will they pay a major proportion of his salary for the remaining two years of his contract, which exceeds 60 million euros in value.
However, despite a belief that the relationship between Bale and Zidane could have been better managed, they can’t justify paying a player the salary of a franchise player when he isn’t even being called up to the matchday squad of 23.
James’ case is different, mainly because of the good relationship Jorge Mendes has with Benfica and the fact the Colombian has only a further year on his contract in Madrid.
This relationship with Mendes could take the playmaker to the Lisbon club, but Real Madrid aren’t willing to pay part of his salary for the next year.
In addition to this, James’ demands are still way higher than Benfica can afford, but what is clear is that the Colombian knows he won’t work with Zidane for another year.
A destination for Luka Jovic
Next on the list is Jovic, the Serbian forward who was supposed to take the place of Karim Benzema, but has endured a difficult debut season in LaLiga Santander.
Los Blancos believe in his talent, he is young and has European pedigree after his time with Frankfurt, and the Spanish club only wish to loan him out.
A number of clubs have already asked after his availability with the first team to ask being AC Milan, although Hertha Berlin could offer him a route back into the Bundesliga.
Niko Kovac worked with the goalscorer at Frankfurt and after he was confirmed as the new coach of Monaco, he too would like to reunite with the player.
Recouping the 60 million euros paid for the forward will be difficult this summer, although teams are willing to offer a significant loan fee for his services in the 2020/21 season.
Oscar will leave
Oscar Rodriguez is one of the more sought-after players with Villarreal betting heavily on a player who has emerged as the revelation of the 2019/20 LaLiga Santander season.
The starting price is 20 million euros although Villarreal could face competition from AC Milan with the Italian giants having seduced the player, leaving him unsure of whether to sign for Villarreal at all.
Ceballos and Vallejo
After being signed as two of the brightest young Spanish talents around, there is a sense that neither Dani Ceballos and Jesus Vallejo have developed at all.
Ceballos knows it is impossible for him to return and work with Zidane as his coach, yet having spent a year on loan at Arsenal he would be quite keen to stay there.
Finances are tight at the Emirates Stadium, but an agreement of between 30 and 35 million euros could be reached between the two clubs. Arsenal seem interested in making the move permanent after Mikel Arteta has started to use Ceballos instead of Matteo Guendouzi.
Vallejo has bounced back on loan with Frankfurt and has caught the eye of Granada, but the asking price for the defender stands at 15 million euros.
Mariano and Brahim
Both Mariano and Brahim are part of a group of squad players that Zidane has barely used, which is unsurprising when you consider the fact the French coach told the former Lyon forward to accept one of the offers for him and the Spanish midfielder to leave on loan.
Both players are now for sale and Real Madrid are welcoming offers for either.
Lunin and Reguilon
If Andriy Lunin returns to Real Madrid and becomes the deputy goalkeeper behind Thibaut Courtois, Sergio Reguilon then becomes the player most likely to be sold next after Hakimi.
He knows that as long as Marcelo is in Zidane’s squad, he won’t play regular football and after a promising year on loan with Sevilla he feels ready to be a starter.
Monchi would be delighted to be able to sign the Spanish full-back on a permanent basis, yet Real Madrid are demanding a fee of 20 million euros.
The future of Martin Odegaard is directly linked to that of Luka Modric, with all the suggestions leading us to believe the Croatian will fulfil his final year of contract in the Spanish capital.
AC Milan are now longer as interested in bringing the former Ballon d’Or winner to the San Siro, which is likely to mean Odegaard will be able to complete the second year of his loan with Real Sociedad in 2020/21.
Kubo will stay on loan for another season, although the plan for 2020/21 is to place him in a club which can offer Champions League football.
As MARCA detailed, Bayer Leverkusen are extremely interested in a loan for Reinier as they look to replace the expected loss of Kai Havertz.
Alvaro Odriozola was loaned to Bayern Munich but will return to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the summer, and will take the place that Achraf Hakimi had eyed as his own.
Lucas Vazquez and Nacho Fernandez are valued by Zidane and will be involved next season if they stay, however there are clubs interested in both and offers will be listened to.
Dani Gomez and Jorge de Frutos are young players that are attracting interest, the former from Real Betis and the latter from Celta Vigo. The starting figure for both players is rumoured to be 10 million euros.