5 players who could leave Real Madrid this summer
Real Madrid are keen to sign new Galacticos for the future, but they must sell carefully before making their pricey acquisitions.
Real Madrid supporters are known for their lack of patience when it comes to player performance, as they're quick to make their frustrations clear which often leads to an increasing level of pressure too. It's difficult to continuously please fans at the ever-demanding Bernabeú, though one of the ways to appease supporters is by signing a Galactico.
Usually though, it's an expensive acquisition and one which requires fringe players be sold for surprisingly higher transfer fees to help balance the financial books.
In the summer of 2013, they broke the world-record transfer fee to sign Tottenham's Gareth Bale for £85m. Certainly an expensive buy, they generated the transfer funds by selling Gonzalo Higuaín to Napoli for £35m and Mesut Ozil to Arsenal for £42.5m.
This season as always, they have been linked with a whole host of players. It's unlikely that much business will be done unless outgoings are accounted for, so here's a look at five Real Madrid players who could be available to sign this summer:
#5 Mateo Kovacic
Having joined Real from Inter Milan in 2015, Kovacic is a talented midfielder but one who has been left frustrated by a lack of regular first-team opportunities amongst Madrid's star-studded squad.
The midfield pairing of Toni Kroos and his compatriot Luka Modric has proven too valuable to drop, while Casemiro acts as protection behind the two in a more defensive-minded position. Kovacic, while versatile, prefers to play further forward and has not been given the free roam role to excel yet in Spain.
The 24-year-old has been long linked with a Premier League move - Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United are all reportedly monitoring his situation. With Real increasingly keen to sign goalkeeper David de Gea, it's believed that the Croatian may be offered as an attractive option in a player-plus-cash deal for the Spaniard's services.
Potentially seen as a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick from Jose Mourinho's perspective, Goal has also reported that he might be used in a similar deal to lure Harry Kane to the Bernabeú.