Real Madrid ‘must make more than £250m in player sales to meet FFP regulations’ with Gareth Bale and Mateo Kovacic among 13 stars who could leave the Bernabeu this summer
- Real Madrid need to raise funds this summer with a host of players facing exits
- The Spanish giants ‘must raise £250m to comply with Financial Fair Play rules’
- Gareth Bale and Mateo Kovacic are said to be among 13 stars who could depart
Real Madrid face a busy summer getting players out of the club as the Spanish side ‘must raise more than £250million in sales’ in order to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.
But according to AS, given the club want to add more high-profile additions this summer, boss Zinedine Zidane needs to shift a number of big earners out to balance the books.
Gareth Bale could be forced to leave Real Madrid this summer as they need to raise funds
The club have already spent close to £200million bringing in Eden Hazard (L) and Luka Jovic
PLAYERS WHO COULD LEAVE THIS SUMMER
Keylor Navas – Goalkeeper
Jesus Vallejo – Defender
Theo Hernandez – Defender
Sergio Reguilon – Defender
Marcos Llorente – Midfielder
Lucas Silva – Midfielder
Dani Ceballos – Midfielder
Mateo Kovacic – Midfielder
James Rodriguez – Attacker
Mariano – Attacker
Gareth Bale – Attacker
Raul de Tomas – Attacker
Borja Mayoral – Attacker
Zidane has made no secret of his desire to overhaul the squad this summer and he continues to push for deals for both Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen.
The Premier League pair would not come cheap – it would likely cost another £200m to get both stars in – and therefore raising capital from sales is imperative.
Up to 13 players could be moved on, according to reports in Spain, with Gareth Bale, Mateo Kovacic – who has been on loan at Chelsea this season – and James Rodriguez the big names on the list of players set for an exit.
Martin Odegaard and Isco also face uncertain futures at the Bernabeu, particularly given Hazard, who plays in their preferred position, has arrived as a ‘Galactico’ this summer.
Bale, Rodriguez and Kovacic are the players that would raise the biggest fees but all three have long contracts and none are believed to be willing to take a pay-cut elsewhere.
Kovacic and Rodriguez both have deals that run until 2021 while Bale, who appears to have seen relations with Zidane sour since he took over from Santiago Solari this season, possessing a deal until 2022.
Zinedine Zidane is plotting a summer overhaul at Real Madrid but needs to ship players out
The Spanish giants value Bale at around £75m and that is a big red flag to potential suitors given the Welshman turns 30 next month.
Reports over the weekend have suggested Manchester United, who have just announced a deal for Bale’s Wales team-mate Daniel James, could look into acquiring the former Tottenham man on loan.
There are few clubs able to meet his £480,000-a-week wages at Real but United is one destination that could continue to offer him a lucrative deal.
The arrival of Hazard is likely to see his role further reduced next season and Bale faces a decision if he wants to continue to play regular first-team football.
Zidane wants Pogba to become his new midfield general but he could prove too expensive
Mateo Kovacic, who was at loan with Chelsea this season, is one player destined to depart
United missed out on Champions League football and it remains unclear if that alone will prove a stumbling block to any deal.
The clubs are likely to be in regular discussion this summer with Zidane particularly keen to bring in Pogba as his new midfield general.
United will want between €160m (£142m) and €180m (£160m) for Pogba, which would cause issues for Real’s goal of meeting FFP requirements should they struggle to find suitors for their biggest outcasts.
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