Real Madrid’s bargain bin: Isco, Marcelo and Gareth Bale all make the star-studded XI (plus subs) of players they are desperate to get rid of to fund Kylian Mbappe’s move… and even Zinedine Zidane could join the exodus
- Real Madrid are preparing for a mass summer exodus to free up transfer funds
- The Spanish giants need to sell players so they can reinvest in Kylian Mbappe
- Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Isco are all on the verge of being shown the door
- Manager Zinedine Zidane is also hanging by a thread with Raul ready to take over
Real Madrid’s decision to loan out squad players Martin Odegaard and Luka Jovic this window and not replace them is another reminder they have a bloated squad that desperately needs trimming.
The Spanish giants need to raise all the funds they can to sign Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain this summer and there are several big names heading for the exit.
Sportsmail looks at the long list of players close to leaving and finds there is a whole team’s worth potentially moving away at the end of the season.
Marcelo and Sergio Ramos are among the Real Madrid stars facing the chop this summer
The Spanish giants need to raise all the funds they can to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG
Being caught on camera having a laugh and joke with Marcelo in last week’s embarrassing Copa del Rey defeat to a third-tier team with 10 men was another step towards the departure gate for a player who once would have attracted attention across Europe but will now struggle to raise much interest among top teams.
He is entering the last year of his contract from next summer so that will bring the price down.
The Brazilian’s presence in most of Real Madrid’s worst performances in the last two or three seasons has left most concluding that he should already be gone.
It’s a shame because soon people will begin to forget that the Brazilian, who turned up aged 19 to replace Roberto Carlos back in 2007, is probably the club’s greatest ever left-back. He’s certainly the one who has won the most.
Real Madrid have lost six of the eight games that Marcelo has started this season and he will be off in the summer aged 33 and also with one year still left on his deal.
Ramos only has five months left on his current deal and has so far rejected the offer of signing for another year on the same €12million (£10.6m) net salary. The new contract would be subject to a likely 10 per cent pay cut.
Ramos is out of contract this summer and has not been able to agree new terms with Real
He doesn’t want to sign for less and only for one year. It’s no coincidence that Madrid have lined up David Alaba as a replacement. Marca hailed him as being signed, sealed and ready to be delivered to the Santiago Bernabeu last week but his father has denied the claim that it’s all agreed with the Austrian, who is a free agent in the summer, and definitely leaving Bayern.
Ramos could leave or he could cave and sign on the club’s terms. A lot will depend on what alternatives the defender can find. He will be 35 in March, he may find no one tops what Madrid are offering.
Another who is in the last six months of his deal and as of yet there is no agreement to renew. His future could be tied to Zinedine Zidane who trusts him and will want him to stay.
Any new coach coming in is unlikely to make much of a fuss if the 29-year-old leaves, especially if their remit is to push on the likes of Rodrygo and Kubo.
Rated highly by Zidane, no new coach is likely to mind if Lucas Vazquez is moved along
Madrid’s talented young keeper may decide that having Thibaut Courtois in front of him means he has to leave to play. Madrid may feel the 21-year-old is someone who might raise a fee.
The 23-year-old has not lived up to his billing as a future partner for Raphael Varane yet.
Madrid will only cut their losses if someone comes in with a bid close to the €50m (£44m) they paid Porto.
Eder Militao has not lived up to expectation and can go if someone matches their asking price
The former Real Sociedad academy player did little out on loan at Bayern Munich last season and has failed to make an impact back at the club this campaign.
A speedy right-back, he often looks like he’d be more comfortable playing lower down the league ladder and higher up the pitch.
Hampered by so few opportunities, it’s probably time for the 27-year-old to cut his losses and move on.
He once scored 32 goals in 44 games for Real Madrid’s B-team, and later 18 goals in 37 appearances for Lyon so prospective takers will know he can deliver.
Mariano Diaz has proven himself to be a goalscorer but has not been given regular game time
If he comes back at the end of the season from Tottenahm he will do so with one year still left on his deal. An agreement will have to be reached so he can move on.
Madrid will not be able to afford the final year of his contract. The hope is that in the second half of this season he can do enough to persuade Tottenham to keep him.
Real are hoping Gareth Bale can do enough to convince Tottenham to make his stay permanent
The other loanees
Madrid have another six players coming back to the club from loan spells and most will not be returning to stay. There is no buy option on Martin Odegaard’s loan deal so he ought to return.
Dani Ceballos is in a similar situation. It may depend on who Real Madrid’s coach is going into next season as to whether Ceballos comes back.
Takefusa Kubo and Luka Jovic are at Getafe and Eintracht Frankfurt respectively. Kubo ought to return but the hope is that Jovic will attract attention and only come back to then be sold.
Luka Jovic is back at Frankfurt on loan and will be moved on before he can return to Madrid
Brahim Diaz will be wanted by AC Milan but not at Madrid’s €20m (£17m) asking price. Defender Jesus Vallejo has not done enough at Granada to make Madrid want him so he will be sold if he returns.
And the coach?
Zidane’s three Champions Leagues at Madrid and his two La Liga titles will not save him from the sack if Madrid win nothing this season. His appeal to potential new signings might though.
Will Madrid have a better chance of signing Mbappe with Zidane as coach? Possibly yes.
It still feels as though he is more out than in next summer with Raul the ready made replacement ready to step up from the B-team.
Zinedine Zidane will go if he doesn’t win a trophy with B-team boss Raul lined up to replace him
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