Real Madrid look to clear out players in January

28/12/2021; 8:13 AM By : Steven D. Thompson

Gareth Bale and Isco Alarcon are the main suspects to leave the club.

Real Madrid are having a splendid season. Los Blancos sit top of La Liga with eight points ahead of their closest rivals Sevilla. They also finished top of their UEFA Champions League group with a date against French giants Paris Saint-Germain.

Real Madrid are looking to build a squad that will remain at the top of its game for many years. They are looking to lure the best players to the capital. Club president Florentino Perez has his eyes on Kylian Mbappe, with reports suggesting an interest in Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

To create financial space for the incoming players, Real Madrid have to shed some fat, and several players are in line to leave. It is not much of a task guessing the players who are surplus to requirements, as they have been deemed so for a few windows.

Shedding some weight

Real Madrid have not made many forays into the market in recent seasons due to a tight financial schedule. The Covid-19 pandemic only worsened the situation, but the handling of their finances has been great, leaving the Spanish side in excellent financial condition.

Marca claim Los Blancos are ready to play again, and for the umpteenth time, will try to offload several players that they have put on the market. With the winter transfer window set to open in a few days, the usual suspects have emerged as candidates to leave the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Gareth Bale and Isco are undoubtedly playing their last season at the club, with their contracts expiring on June 30, 2022. Real Madrid is not interested in renewing their current deals.

Carlo Ancelotti has shown he doesn’t attach much importance to the players and wouldn’t mind seeing their backs.

Others set to leave

Another player that finds himself on the shelf is Marcelo. The Brazilian full-back has served the club well, but his performance has dwindled in the last couple of years. He has barely featured this season. The club will respect any decision he makes regarding his future.

Asides from Bale, Isco and Marcelo, a trio of other players remain on the periphery, and while Los Blancos have not put them up for sale, they will be willing to listen to offers for the players.

Mariano Diaz, Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard have not set the Bernabeu alight, and Real Madrid will gladly negotiate any offer that comes in.

Real Madrid sold Alvaro Odriozola and Martin Odegaard when they could not find their feet at the Bernabeu.

With player exits expected in January, none will arrive. Under Florentino Perez, Real Madrid has only made two January signings - Emmanuel Adebayor and Reiner.

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