Over the course of the 21st century, Real Madrid have become renowned for splashing the cash in the transfer window, but this year the shoe is on the other foot and they are one of the teams selling players, which could bring in a whopping 160m euros.
By the end of the current transfer window, a total of six players could have departed the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, namely Fabio Coentraro, Pepe, James Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata, Diego Llorente and Mariano Diaz.
In the case of Coentraro, he appears set to join Sporting CP on loan, while Pepe’s contract will run out at the end of June and he is Paris-bound.
As for the other four players, their exits could bring in significant cash.
Los Blancos don’t want Morata to leave for less than 90m euros, but he is keen to go and there is a strong link with Manchester United.
Another significant windfall could come if James does indeed depart the Spanish capital, with Real Madrid hoping to recoup the majority of his 2014 transfer fee by taking 70m euros in exchange for the Colombian’s signature.
Llorente’s fee won’t come close to those sums, but the 8m euros Real Sociedad are expected to pay for him will still be welcome, as would the 5m euros Mariano Diaz would be allowed to leave for – although his deal would likely include a buy-back clause.
Adding all of these quantities up, a total of around 160m euros is reached – and that’s assuming Real Madrid allow Morata to leave for a little less than their current evaluation.
That would make 2017 the record summer for sales, beating the 113.5m brought in four years ago when Mesut Ozil and Gonzalo Higuain were the headline departures, and it could allow those in the club hierarchy to entertain the thought of bringing in both Kylian Mbappe and Theo Hernandez, with some change still left over.