Real Madrid could save themselves around £64million on their annual wage bill with the players that are out of contract at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are one of the most talented in Europe, but they could be prepared to lose some big names at the end of the season.
Using figures provided by Capology we have identified the six Real Madrid players who are set to leave in the summer and how much the club could potentially save on their salaries.
Luka Modric – £18.7million
With the likes of Jude Bellingham, Federico Valverde and Aurelien Tchouameni bossing things in midfield, Modric has been reduced to a squad role this season.
The Croatian maestro has only started in 10 league games so far and Carlo Ancelotti recently gave an open-ended answer when quizzed over the midfielder’s future.
“He is a legend of this club and of football,” Ancelotti said. “He will have to make the decisions for next season.”
With the 38-year-old currently taking home a weekly wage of £360,000, Real Madrid would save themselves £18.7million on their annual wage bill if Modric does depart.
Toni Kroos – £20.8million
Like Modric, Kroos’ time at Real Madrid could be coming to an end. The German midfielder has featured in 21 of their 22 league matches so far, but he’s yet to decide his long-term future.
“Is this season the last of my career? I don’t know that yet. This same time a year ago, I didn’t know my decision either,” Kroos told Madrid Zone last summer.
Taking home an annual salary of £20.8million, Kroos is currently the highest-paid player at the club.
Nacho Fernandez – £7.3million
The Madrid-born defender has spent his entire professional career with the La Liga giants. While he’s not always been a regular starter, he has racked up over 340 appearances during his stint with the club.
Although his current deal is set to expire at the end of this campaign, Fernandez himself seems relaxed when it comes to his future.
“I’m in a very happy moment. Things are different this year, I’m playing a lot and feel very good,” Fernandez told Diario AS.
“I don’t have the slightest worry about my future. If tomorrow I wanted to sign again for Real Madrid, I could sign. The fact there is not a signature there already will not influence my future.”
Lucas Vazquez – £8million
Like Fernandez, Vazquez has also spent his entire professional career on the books of Real Madrid. However, having only started in five league matches this season, his future is up in the air right now.
According to Spanish outlet Marca, Vazquez is keen to extend his stay with the club, but Real Madrid seemingly haven’t offered him a fresh deal as of writing.
Joselu – £2.1million
Some people scoffed at Real Madrid signing Joselu on loan in the summer, but the 33-year-old has made a tremendous impact during his time at the club.
Having already scored 13 goals, Real Madrid must be tempted to make his loan deal permanent. They could save around £2.1million on their wage bill by not signing him, but that seems like a snip considering the goals he has scored so far.
“He’s doing everything he needs to stay, playing spectacularly,” Ancelotti told reporters after Joselu recently scored a brace to send Real Madrid to the top of La Liga.
“It’s a blessing to have a striker with this quality, different, always willing… When he comes in, he helps. We are all delighted with him.”
Kepa Arrizabalaga – £7.7million
Another star hoping to make his loan spell permanent is Kepa. Following an injury to Thibaut Courtois, Real Madrid promptly swooped in for the Chelsea goalkeeper.
The 29-year-old has made 18 appearances this season but recently lost his starting spot to Andriy Lunin. With Courtois set to return later this year, it seems more than likely that Real Madrid will be happy to send Kepa back to Chelsea.