Real Madrid must sell before they can buy

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Real Madrid are hopeful of radically overhauling their squad this summer, but much depends upon the sale of several star players. Media outlets always go into overdrive when it comes to talking about transfers in and out of the club, but this summer looks set to be even busier than usual.

Los Blancos currently sit a whopping 13 points off the summit of La Liga and suffered traumatic exits in both the Champions League and Copa del Rey. They are going to finish the season trophyless, and even worse they are going to finish it with two months of fixtures which, by all intents and purposes, are meaningless.

Big signings are expected this summer with dozens of top-of-the-range players linked to the outgoing European champions. But Madrid’s finances are not limitless and departures will be necessary to finance the players who are arriving. Deals have already been concluded for Brazilian pair Eder Militao and Rodryo Goes which come at a transfer cost of €95m, with many more set to follow.

The most prominent name on the departures list is forward Gareth Bale. The club have reportedly already made the decision to seek to offload him this summer but the problem is that they may not be able to find a buying club. The 29-year-old is now in the latter stages of his career and has suffered constant injury problems in recent years. Few clubs are likely to be able to match his hefty wage packet alongside shelling out a big transfer fee for the Welshman.

Another prominent name on the potential departures list if full-back Marcelo. The Brazilian has been a fixture in the first team for over a decade but his form has regressed and this could be the last opportunity in which Madrid can cash in on the left-back. Juventus have long been linked with a move and a departure would free up much needed wages for reinvestment elsewhere.

Raphael Varane is the other notable star player linked with a departure. Having won three Champions League crowns and a World Cup title, the Frenchman has achieved more at the age of 25 than many elite players do in the entirety of their careers. However, he is said to be unsettled and seeking a change this summer, with the arrival of Militao potentially facilitating a deal.

The next four months are set to see the transfer speculation around Madrid intensify, with as many as five first-team players possibly heading for the exit door.

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