Five Real Madrid stars linked with transfers amid their financial struggles

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Real Madrid are one of a number of elite European clubs currently struggling with their finances and needing to raise funds in the transfer market.

With a long-standing interest in PSG forward Kylian Mbappe and a wage cap that’s expected to drop by nearly £150million, Florentino Perez desperately needs to raise funds from somewhere. 

We’ve taken a look at five players recently linked with a move away from Real who they may look to cash in on.

Raphael Varane

You would’ve had to spend the last month living under a rock to avoid speculation linking Varane with a move away from the Bernabeu.

The France international has 12 months to run on his Madrid deal, and he’s reportedly told the club he’d like to seek a fresh challenge after a decade in the Spanish capital.

Manchester United are rumoured to have agreed on personal terms with the defender and are expected to submit a formal offer of around £50million. But the likes of Chelsea and PSG are thought to be weighing up making an offer of their own.

Signing one of the world’s best defenders would be a coup for any club, so it’s no surprise Varane is currently highly sought after.

Vinicius Jr

As well as being in pole position to secure Varane, United have been offered the chance to sign Vinicius Jr too.

With Perez dead set on purchasing Mbappe, the 21-year-old forward may find himself surplus to requirements in Spain.

Real have reportedly set an asking price of £68.5million for the Brazil international, and The Daily Mirror have claimed a loan move that turns into a permanent deal is seen as the most likely option.

It remains to be seen whether new manager Carlo Ancelotti is prepared to sell Vinicius, who is said to be disappointed that the club are willing to move him on.

Eden Hazard

The Athletic have reported that Hazard and Gareth Bale alone make up 13% of Madrid’s salary budget between them – a stark reminder of the financial position the club find themselves in.

With Bale reportedly prepared to sit out the final year of his contract, Perez will double down efforts to move Hazard on.

The Belgium international, signed for a fee of £89millon from Chelsea in 2019, has been a huge disappointment in Spain with injuries and a loss of form seeing his star wane over the past two years.

And rumours of a return to Stamford Bridge earlier this year have faded following the club’s Champions League success.

It’ll be hard for Real to find somebody willing to pay for Hazard but a subsided loan deal may tempt some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

READ: Remembering the night Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick while still p*ssed

Isco

Once the bright future of Spanish football, Isco and has gradually fallen out of favour at Madrid and started only eight league matches last term.

Like Varane, Isco is entering the last year of his Real Madrid contract and the club are willing to cash in on the 29-year-old midfielder.

Arsenal, AC Milan and Tottenham have all reportedly been monitoring Isco’s situation and Napoli are the latest club to have registered their interest in securing his services.

Despite suffering from injuries, Isco remains a talented footballer and could be worth a punt this summer.

Martin Odegaard

Odegaard spent the second half of the 2020-21 season at Arsenal and Mikel Arteta retains an interest in signing the midfielder permanently.

The player himself appeared to have ruled out a return to the Emirates after posting a heartfelt message on social media following the end of his loan spell.

But, if Ancelotti is unable to move on the likes of Hazard and Bale, it’d make sense to cash in on the Norway international and generate some much-needed revenue.

Having proven his talent over various loan spells, it feels now or never in terms of Madrid making a decision over Odegaard’s long-term future.


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