The Seven Real Madrid Players Zinedine Zidane Should Sell This Summer

Seven Real Madrid Players Sell Summer

Newly crowned La Liga champions Real Madrid may have won ten consecutive La Liga matches to dethrone a flailing Barcelona post-lockdown, but Zinedine Zidane’s squad has its fair share of expendable assets.

Here are seven players that should be shown the exit door of the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.

Marcelo

Real Madrid's Marcelo demands to join Juventus

Marcelo may still have an impressive burst of speed every now and then but no-one can outrun time. The 32-year-old was never the most diligent defender when it came to tracking back and his ambles towards his own goal became even more laboured – when he hasn’t been injured – during 2019/20.

25-year-old Ferland Mendy has made a compelling case to be the side’s first-choice left-back and Marcelo’s departure would open up space in the squad for the highly sought-after Sergio Reguilón to return and battle for a place in the starting XI.

Potential Destination: Juventus

Potential Price: £10m

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale Transfer Stay At Real Madrid

With Gareth Bale seemingly bound to the bench, there is little doubt that Real Madrid will be desperate to rid themselves of his seismic salary. Yet, convincing the Wales international to part ways two years before his contract expires may prove to be impossible.

Last summer Bale was a whisker away from joining Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning only for Madrid to demand a fee which ultimately derailed the deal.

Madrid would surely be willing forgo any compensation 12 months on but may be forced to endure Bale’s repertoire from the stands for some time to come.

Potential Destination: Jiangsu Suning

Potential Price: £0m

Luka Modric

Luka Modric

Luka Modric has enjoyed eight trophy-laden seasons at Madrid but Zidane may be tempted to sell the Croatian icon while he can still garner a fee.

Modric’s contract expires in the summer of 2021 and if he were to end his stay in the Spanish capital, the likes of Fede Valverde, Isco and perhaps even the returning loanee Dani Ceballos could fill his accomplished shoes in midfield.

Potential Destination: Inter

Potential Price: £15m

Lucas Vázquez

Lucas Vázquez

Zidane’s trusted utility man Lucas Vázquez was one of Madrid’s unsung heroes throughout their trio of Champions League triumphs. This season the versatile 29-year-old has been used both on the wing and at right-back.

In his absence, Madrid can turn to Álvaro Odriozola as cover for Dani Carvajal while there are at least four options for Zidane on the flanks.

Tottenham Hotspur are among the clubs interested in the ever-dependable Vázquez.

Potential Destination: Tottenham Hotspur

Potential Price: £5m

James Rodríguez

Rodriguez Refuse Travel With Real Madrid

Six years after finishing the 2014 World Cup as top scorer, James Rodríguez – still only 29 – has plummeted down Madrid’s pecking order.

The Colombian playmaker showed some flashes of his obvious talent while on loan at Bayern Munich but Zidane has effectively ruled him out of contention for a regular starting berth.

Potential Destination: Atlético Madrid

Potential Price: £20m

Brahim Diaz

Brahim Diaz

The 21-year-old forward has desperately struggled for first-team opportunities since his January move to the Spanish capital in 2019. Díaz has played less than an hour of football in La Liga this season.

While a loan move seems more likely, Madrid may want to try and recoup the £15m they splashed out for the former Manchester City youngster.

Potential Destination: Real Betis, AC Milan

Potential Price: £15m

Luka Jovic

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Luka Jovic was the toast of Europe last season, spearheading Eintracht Frankfurt’s attacking triumvirate all the way to the Europa League semi-finals.

Yet, the Serbia international was afforded just four La Liga starts last term, mustering two goals. Jovic’s woes continued off the pitch as the 22-year-old came in for criticism from the Serbian president after travelling during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

After a single season, Madrid are thought to be open to offers for the underemployed forward with Milan purportedly interested.

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Potential Destination: AC Milan

Potential Price: £20m

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