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3 players Real Madrid should sell to balance the books

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1.10K   //    14 Jun 2019, 12:40 IST

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale

Real Madrid have enjoyed a busy transfer market recently, as the club secured the signing of Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard, and Ferland Mendy. Unfortunately, FIFA will force Real Madrid to comply with Financial Fair Play rules due to the club's lavish spending.

Both Militao and Jovic's arrival have cost Madrid around €100 million combined while Hazard's transfer will be worth more than that. Thus, the Spanish side have spent nearly €300 million even before Mendy's transfer materializes.

If the club's current financial state continues, they will surely breach the fair play rules. Hence, Real Madrid fans can expect their club to have several departures in the summer due to the recent transfer frenzy. Here, we will take a look at Madrid's 3 possible sales to balance the books.


#3 James Rodriguez

James currently has €50 million market value
James currently has €50 million market value

The Colombian midfielder joined Real Madrid's list of galacticos after arriving from AS Monaco in 2014. Sadly, the 27-year-old has failed to justify his colossal £63 million fee so far. He did impress in his debut campaign for the Los Blancos, amassing 29 La Liga starts and scoring 13 times.

However, he saw significantly reduced game times after manager Carlo Ancelotti departed from the La Liga outfit, with the player managing to claim just 17 starts from 26 league appearances. His situation got worse, and Real Madrid eventually dumped him to Bayern Munich in 2017.

Now, he seems to have nowhere to play, as Bayern and Madrid are reluctant to keep him. The Bundesliga champions decided not to trigger his €42 million buy-out option following James's disappointing season.

Nevertheless, Los Blancos could still coup a considerable amount of cash from the Colombian's potential sale. James currently has a €50 million market value, and his most recent stats have been pretty excellent. He has recorded 7 goals and 4 assists despite starting just 13 times this term.

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