Real Madrid won’t be making any big signings this summer and will be focusing on selling players from the youth team to ensure their books remain healthy due to the coronavirus crisis.
With Gareth Bale being practically impossible to sell because of his astronomical wages and his refusal to leave, Madrid will be looking at whatever they can get for James and players who have come up through La Fábrica.
After selling Achraf Hakimi to Inter Milan for 40 million euros and Javi Sánchez to Valladolid (three million for 50% of his economic rights), there are four players who learned their craft in Valdebebas who will be moving on – Mariano, Sergio Reguilón, Borja Mayoral and Óscar Rodríguez.
In total, Madrid are looking to make it a record summer in terms of sales, and bring in around 100 million euros.
The first to depart is most likely to be Borja Mayoral who, as this newspaper reported recently, is valued at 15 million euros.
Mariano’s situation is a little more complex – the club tried to convince him to leave last summer but a move never materialised.
Madrid are more confident that Reguilón and Óscar Rodríguez will find new homes – both players enjoyed successful loan spells last season (at Sevilla and Leganés respectively).