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Real Madrid open to selling all their players except five ‘untouchables’

Real Madrid will be open to discussing a sale for all of their first-team players, barring five of those who the club trusts going forward.

Real Madrid have now parted ways with Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos in quick succession. The central defenders were a crucial part of the club’s most recent successes, but the former’s desire to try a new challenge and the latter’s desire for a better contract meant that Los Blancos did not have much of a leeway in holding onto either player.

David Alaba was signed as a free agent after leaving Bayern Munich and so far, he is the club’s only signing. The Austrian is capable of bridging more than one gap in the squad due to his versatility of playing as a central defender, left back and in the midfield too. However, the club needs a bigger revamp and is planning to get productive in the transfer market.

Marca has reported that Florentino Perez is open to selling any player from the squad if the right offer comes, barring only five from the first-team. Thibaut Courtois, David Alaba, Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior are the only exceptions. Carlo Ancelotti asked for Vinicius to be in his squad, which is why he makes the five-man list.

No other player from the squad, including the promising youngsters like Ferland Mendy and Martin Odegaard are guaranteed a future at Real Madrid should the club feel convinced by an offer for them. Odegaard has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks, but the player’s departure could only be a loan, again, unless a club offers an exceptional fee.

Los Blancos will not make a single signing this season apart from Kylian Mbappe, who continues to be heavily linked with the Whites amid talk that he has told Paris Saint-Germain that he will not renew his contract beyond June 2022. Ancelotti has been aware of the club’s stance since his appointment but believes that his squad is still very competitive.

Real Madrid surely require a major revamp, but it is too far-fetched to see them remain open to hearing offers for the likes of Casemiro, Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos- to name a fair few. In addition to that, the club is not in as bad a financial situation to make wholesale sales, especially of players who are regulars in the first-team.

At the moment though, Real Madrid are even struggling to sell the players which they don’t want at the club. The likes of Dani Ceballos, Gareth Bale, Isco, Jesus Vallejo, Marcelo and Mariano Diaz have all failed in attracting any offers from any club across Europe. Additionally, they all remain hellbent on fulfilling their lucrative contracts at Real Madrid.

Varane’s sale and Ramos’ departure for free have definitely recouped Real Madrid’s finances in terms of the transfer and wage budgets. This summer, they could be able to afford Mbappe- their only realistic target- and then continue to try offloading the deadweight in the future transfer windows to make room for better signings.

Los Merengues will surely have a long transitional phase from hereon and it may mean that some harsh decisions will have to be taken. However, an exodus of players remains far from the solution at the moment. As it is, Bale, Isco and Marcelo are all likely to leave the club in 2022, post the expiry of their contracts and their exits will help in further steadying the ship.

Which players do you think Los Merengues should sign in the upcoming months?