Real Madrid allegedly looking to offload 14 players this summer
Much has been said about the incoming transfers at Real Madrid this summer - Hazard, Pogba. Jovic, you name it. Thing is, the club will have to offload some players first to make way for the newcomers, and Spanish news outlet Marca believe as many as 14 Blancos will be quitting the club in search of regular football elsewhere.
As things stand only 19 players are likeliest to travel to the United States on July 8th for pre-season friendlies, three of those are keepers - Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin and Luca Zidane. The Costa Rican has reportedly been advised to be ready to quit the club on grounds of not being integral to Zidane's revolution next season. The 32-year-old is therefore expected to play his last game vs Real Betis who'll be coming to the Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday at midday. Keylor will thus be able to bid his farewell to the fans after 5 years of faithful service for Blancos.
" Keylor Navas looks set to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season and Paris Saint-Germain could be the destination, according to French sources. He has given so much for the club, Thanks for everything La Pantera. pic.twitter.com/32A3tCUQpo— Madridista-Swedeninho (@MadridstaLoco) May 15, 2019
In defence, we have Mendy who's yet to be signed, who'll play alongside the likes of Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Marcelo and Eder Militao.
The midfield is another area targeted for improvement with Paul Pogba topping the list, while the likes of Donny van de Beek, Miralem Pjanic and Christian Eriksen are highly thought of. Any of those may be joining the likes of Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric, Fede Valverde and Marco Asensio.
[@DiarioAS] understand Real Madrid are now willing to allow Luka Modric to depart the club after reaching an agreement with Tottenham Hotspur for the transfer of Christian Eriksen.— Ricky Sacks 🎙 (@RickSpur) May 6, 2019
The Dane is into his final year of his contract at Spurs with negotiations stalled.#THFC #COYS pic.twitter.com/aktvcrtF2x
Up front Madrid have Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes with Hazard and Jovic tipped to join the front line.
Now, let's take a look at those who'll most likely be quitting the club on a permanent basis: Keylor's situation is known, as is Gareth Bale's. Jesus Vallejo and Sergio Reguilon are the two who'll most likely be spending the next season away from Bernabeu, while Theo Hernandez is unlikely to return.
Gareth Bale will turn down a return to Tottenham and is in no rush to leave Real Madrid, with three years remaining on his £600,000-a-week contract. (Source: Daily Mirror) pic.twitter.com/t3fDfGPKfx— OWURA YESU (@jacobOwusu17) May 15, 2019
Dani Ceballos and Marcos Llorente are not part of Zidane's plans, while Mateo Kovacic, James Rodriguez, Martin Odegaard and Oscar Rodriguez will most likely be outside the club too.
Raul de Tomas and Borja Mayoral will be back, while Isco may leave, irrespective of his wishes to stay. Lucas Vazquez, meanwhile, is facing another few months of uncertainty.
The list of players under doubt is complete by Brahim Diaz and Mariano Diaz, neither of whom have been given enough playing time.
Which of these are likeliest to leave?