Real Madrid are apparently planning to push ?Gareth Bale and James Rodríguez out the exit door in the January transfer window, with the club under pressure to recoup €200m to balance their books.
Los Blancos spent €307m on new signings before the start of the season, with Eden Hazard, Luka Jovi? and Éder Militão among a handful of new players that joined Zinedine Zidane’s squad in the summer.
They could only sell €130m worth of players during the summer transfer window, and Marca reports that Real Madrid need to make up the difference – roughly €200m – in order to balance their books.
As far as Financial Fair Play regulations are concerned, UEFA do actually allow teams to have a net spent of €100m, but this still means Real Madrid will be forced to undergo a fire sale in the January transfer window.
Marca don’t name exactly who will be under threat of being pushed out of the club, but ESPN understandably guess that both Bale and Rodríguez will be at the front of that queue.
Elsewhere in the squad, the January transfer window will also prove to be the last chance that Real Madrid have to sell Luka Modri?, as well as centre-back Nacho Fernández, as his contract expires at the end of the season.
Even with Real Madrid under pressure to sell players, that hasn’t stopped the club being linked with a move for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
It was suggested on The Transfer Window Podcast that Los Blancos would look to exchange summer signing Jovi? in an attempt to sweeten a deal with Arsenal.
The Gabon international is apparently ready to quit Arsenal after halting talks over a new long-term contract, so a deal which sees Jovi? move to north London in exchange for Aubameyang could suit all parties, although at this stage there isn’t much substance to the rumour.
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