Real Madrid keep or dump: What will Zidane do about Bale, Isco, Marcelo, Ramos & Co. this summer?

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      Graham Hunter is a Barcelona-based freelance author for who specializes in La Liga and a Spanish inhabitant team.

Everybody is awaiting a summer of change during Real Madrid following final week’s rejecting from a Champions League and a awaiting of a deteriorate though a trophy. Club boss Florentino Perez and arch executive Jose Angel Sanchez have some outrageous calls to make, and if story is anything to go by, they’ll be creation many of them on their own, notwithstanding with submit from Zinedine Zidane, who returned to a bar on Monday.

With that in mind, here’s some unsolicited recommendation from me and Graham Hunter: a player-by-player comment of Real Madrid’s squad, what competence make clarity and underneath what circumstances. You can assume we both concluded where we see a true “keep.” Otherwise, we weighed in with a comments.

It’s not usually about performance, either. It’s about age, wages, chemistry and contract. We’re going to assume they get behind into a Champions League given frittering divided a 10-point lead in 11 games is too terrible to contemplate.

All of this comes with a large caveat: Some of a guys a bar competence wish to let go competence finish adult staying presumably given there will be no takers during a reasonable cost or given some of their send targets competence not materialize. But it’s an try to arrange by this patrol and cruise what they competence wish to reason on to and what they competence wish to change in what is certain to be a unequivocally costly summer.

Adjusted for inflation, it projects to being substantially as costly as a one a decade ago when they combined Xabi Alonso, Kaka, Raul Albiol, Karim Benzema and some male named Cristiano Ronaldo in one fell swoop.


Thibaut Courtois (26 years old, agreement expires in 2024)


Keylor Navas (32, 2020)

MARCOTTI: “He’s on good money, and if we don’t sell him, we have to extend him, so let him go. In fact, I’d make certain he starts between now and a finish of a season, usually so folks see he’s still sharp.”
HUNTER: “You unequivocally sell, also given he’s a male who wants to leave.”

VERDICT: Sell (Estimated fee: €10m)

Luca Zidane (20, 2019)

MARCOTTI: “He’s finished excellent during Castilla, and we don’t cruise it would cost we unequivocally many to give him a new deal.”
HUNTER: “Plus, it won’t harm we in terms of gripping his father on board, usually in case.”

VERDICT: Keep and extend, maybe loan out

Andriy Lunin (20, 2024)

MARCOTTI: “I’d array Zidane and Lunin opposite any other in training stay for a pursuit of subsidy adult Courtois. If you’re unconvinced and still need a maestro backup, we can generally find one, even in August.”
HUNTER: “No doubt that we keep him. He’s had injuries and has been kept out of a side during Leganes by a unequivocally good keeper.”

VERDICT: Keep, maybe loan out


Raphael Varane (25 years old, agreement expires in 2022)

MARCOTTI: “I cruise he’s not as unchanging as he could be, though that can come in time. No indicate offering during this stage.”
HUNTER: “Varane is a lot worse for Madrid than for France. we cruise it depends on what we do with Sergio Ramos. If he leaves, we have to keep him, and we cruise Ramos will go.”


Sergio Ramos (32, 2021)

MARCOTTI: “This is a tough one. Unless Zidane final he stays, we demeanour to sell. That approach we save a gold in income and keep Perez happy. He doesn’t fit a form of a male during a core of a rebuild.”
HUNTER: “I cruise it’s time to partial ways for everyone’s benefit. Turn a page, and have a uninformed start.

VERDICT: Sell, unless Zidane is austere about him staying (Estimated price: €30m)

Nacho (29, 2020)

VERDICT: Keep and extend his contract

Jesus Vallejo (22, 2021)

MARCOTTI: “I need to see some-more of him. He’s someone I’d get on to a representation as mostly as we could before we make a call.”
HUNTER: “I trust in him, and he has a peculiarity to be a Real Madrid center-back, though we need to settle since he’s constantly injured. Decide after what you’re going to do.”

VERDICT: Keep and presumably loan when fit

Marcelo (30, 2022)

MARCOTTI: “I’m a Marcelo guy, so we contend this with a complicated heart, though unless Zidane final he stays, we cruise selling. He’s still usually 30, so we can get a reasonable cost for him and save a ton in wages.”
HUNTER: “He needs to leave. He’s no longer tolerable in this club. It’s a new era; therefore, he’s out. we can suppose an aspirational bar looking to buy a code name and giving we some-more than we deserve.”

VERDICT: Sell (Estimated price: €20m)

Sergio Reguilon (22, 2022)

MARCOTTI: “He’s finished a pursuit this year, though we don’t know that he’s a long-term choice during this level. He could be Miguel Torres all over again. Keep him, though have a Plan B if Marcelo goes.”
HUNTER: “He’s Real Madrid by and through. Plus, he wants to stay, and he’s OK with fighting for his place.”


Theo Hernandez (21, 2023)

MARCOTTI: “I know he’s had his issues, though he’s still unequivocally young. Assess him in preseason, and afterwards loan him: You’ll have no necessity of takers.”
HUNTER: “He needs to go. He’s not clever, he’s undisciplined, he’s a liability. And, some-more importantly, we can get decent income for him.”

VERDICT: Sell (Estimated price: 25m)

Achraf Hakimi (20, 2022)

MARCOTTI: “I cruise he’s exceptional, and I’d adore to get him back. Then again, I’m not certain he has a destiny on a left, and you’re already good lonesome on a right. So we theory we leave him where he is, generally given you’re already committed to another year of Borussia Dortmund after this one.”
HUNTER: “I know he’s had a good season, though Reguilon defends improved during left-back, and we have improved options on a right. I’d indeed exam Dortmund’s solve about how many they rate him.”

VERDICT: Sell if we can get €35 million, differently leave him on loan during Borussia

Dani Carvajal (27, 2022)


Alvaro Odriozola (23, 2024)

MARCOTTI: “I don’t know that Real Madrid indispensable to buy him, given a participation of Carvajal and Achraf, though during this stage, we competence as good keep him. Just make certain he gets on a representation copiousness with Carvajal injured.”
HUNTER: “You keep him. It’s not his error we overpaid for him, and we won’t get your income behind if we sell him now. He’s a unequivocally splendid immature man, has a good opinion and wants to get improved … let him behind adult Carvajal, or maybe see if he can turn a winger.”



Casemiro (27 years old, agreement expires in 2021)

MARCOTTI: “I’m on a blockade here. we theory we keep him, though there’s no rush in fluctuating him. Still, we cruise it depends on how a midfield shakes out. You can get good income for him.”
HUNTER: “I know he looks messy and delayed sometimes, though that’s given things around him have deteriorated. That said, we unequivocally keep him. He’s a fanciful footballer, and if we erect your midfield properly, we don’t need to spend income in that position. Extend his deal, too.”

VERDICT: Keep though cruise in 6 months possibly we wish to renew

Marcos Llorente (24, 2021)

MARCOTTI: “He has frequency played this year. I’d need to see some-more of him out there before determining possibly we wish to extend him, though I’d make certain he gets a ton of mins between now and a summer and make a call after on his extension.”
HUNTER: “One hundred percent keep. He’s young, he’s clinging to a club, he gives we a choice of personification in a 4-2-3-1 with Casemiro, he’s not on large money. He should have played some-more this year.”

VERDICT: Keep though wait to renew/give him a new contract

Toni Kroos (29, 2021)

MARCOTTI: “This is where we income in on him, and there are copiousness of destinations flush with income who’ll take him. Plus, he’s a second-highest-paid male during a bar after Gareth Bale.”
HUNTER: “Agree. I’d follow him out of a club. Diminishing interest, abating appetite, abating shortcoming … You’ll get good income for him from somebody in a Premier League. Take it.”

VERDICT: Sell (Estimated price: €50m)

Luka Modric (33, 2020)

MARCOTTI: “He can be a latter-day Andres Iniesta figure, maybe personification usually certain games. But he’s an critical couple to a past. we don’t have a problem with giving him another year, though no some-more than that. Plus he has to know what Zidane needs and be OK with a discontinued role.”

HUNTER: “If he wants to stay, we cruise he can still contribute. But his suggestion and opinion have to be right.”

VERDICT: Keep, though usually if he wants to stay and extend his agreement by one year if he’s on board

Dani Ceballos (22, 2023)

MARCOTTI: “Get him on a pitch, and see what he can do, and then, subsequent season, he’s presumably a starter or, some-more likely, a patrol player. And his income is still unequivocally low.”
HUNTER: “I like him a lot, his opinion is good, he should have played more. Unless we get a crazy offer for him, that we won’t, we keep him.”

VERDICT: Keep, unless we get offering crazy income (e.g. some-more than €40m)

Federico Valverde (20, 2021)

MARCOTTI: “He gets a lot of buzz, though I’d leave this one wholly adult to Zidane. I’d contend keep or loan, and by a summer, figure out if we wish to extend him.”
HUNTER: “No question. He does intelligent things with a ball, he has personality, and if it works out, maybe in a year or dual he can reinstate Casemiro.”

VERDICT: Keep, and demeanour to extend his agreement in a summer

Isco (26, 2022)

MARCOTTI: “He needs a group built around him, so a doubt is possibly Zidane wants to do that. Unless that happens, he’s left given he’s hugely gifted, and during that age, he unequivocally has a large cost tag.”
HUNTER: “The thing is, he wants to leave. we cruise he’s been burnt out by a whole experience. With a right manager, he can come good: we remonstrate with those who contend he isn’t a complicated footballer. But many likely, he won’t be during a core of a project. Plus, he’s a chippy guy. I’d income in.”

VERDICT: Sell, unless Zidane feels differently him (Estimated price: €60m)

Brahim Diaz (19, 2025)

MARCOTTI: “There’s no reason for him to hang around and not play. He did adequate of that during Manchester City. Find a right club, and loan him out.”
HUNTER: “He’s apparently one for a future. Get him games somewhere else, and see where we are down a line.”


Mateo Kovacic (24, 2021)

MARCOTTI: “If we keep him, we need to extend him, and I’m not certain it’s value restraining adult income there. Not certain Chelsea will keep him, though we should have no difficulty offering him. He’s usually 24.”
HUNTER: “I can’t explain since he’s not punching his weight, though in my book, with a unchanging starting place, he’s a extensive footballer. But it’s damaged between him and Real Madrid.”

VERDICT: Sell (Estimated price: €30m)

James Rodriguez (27, 2021)

MARCOTTI: “I doubt Bayern will wish to keep him, and if they do, they need to compensate €65m for a privilege, that I’m gentle with. we don’t see him as partial of a destiny during Real Madrid during all, and he creates a ton of money.”
HUNTER: “He has a ton of ability, though during Real Madrid, we don’t get by on ability alone. Just doesn’t do enough, though there’s still a marketplace for him.”

VERDICT: Sell (Estimated price: €60m)


Craig Burley tells Alexis Nunes what Zinedine Zidane will give to Real Madrid for a residue of a deteriorate and for a future.

Martin Odegaard (20, 2021)

MARCOTTI: “He has ability and is still unequivocally young. You should be means to get something for him. You competence give him another year and loan him again, though equally, it competence be best to sell.”
HUNTER: “He has grown in Holland and has benefited from that stability. He isn’t going to make it during Real Madrid, though he can make it elsewhere. Or, as we like to say, he’ll have a unequivocally happy ‘Denis Suarez life’ somewhere else.”

VERDICT: Sell (Estimated price: €20m)


Marco Asensio (23 years old, agreement expires in 2023)

MARCOTTI: “I unequivocally like a guy. There’s no indicate in ditching him after one bad deteriorate when he’s that young. You can have too many ‘projects’ during a club, though if Isco goes, we keep Asensio and build him behind up. He’s got a long-term contract, too.”
HUNTER: “You keep him given we have faith Zidane will find a right position for him with a right guys around him. He competence not finish adult as a luminary everybody once thought, though given his age, ability and brain, we keep him and rehabilitate him. No indicate looking for another Asensio when we have one already.”


Vinicius Junior (18, 2025)


Gareth Bale (29, 2022)

MARCOTTI: “He creates absurd amounts of money, and between a injuries and a bad PR, he’s formidable to move. Equally, you’re not going to build a group around him, that is unequivocally a usually approach for him to be productive. You need to move him around to a thought of leaving. But that’s unequivocally difficult, and he isn’t going to wish to go to China or something like that.”
HUNTER: “You apparently try as tough as we can to sell him, though it’s unequivocally formidable given he creates approach too many money, and he has shown no enterprise to leave. You need to tell him that maybe he can do what Arjen Robben did, go elsewhere and relaunch his career, physically as good as on a pitch. And we need to urge that somebody comes to we with a reasonable fee.”

VERDICT: Sell for anything over €50m, and cranky your fingers someone takes him

Lucas Vazquez (27, 2021)

MARCOTTI: “You need a blue-collar male among your forwards, and that’s him. Zidane will wish to extend him, and righteously so.”
HUNTER: “He’s a good mid-tier actor who is inspired and prepared when called upon. You keep him.”

VERDICT: Keep and extend

Mariano Diaz (25, 2023)

MARCOTTI: “No indicate gripping him around. Sell him to somebody who remembers that he scored 18 goals in Ligue 1 a year ago.”
HUNTER: “It’s not going to be him, elementary as that. Not during this level. But we cruise we can pretty design to get your income back.”

VERDICT: Sell (Estimated price: €20m)

Raul de Tomas (24, 2023)

MARCOTTI: “He’s still a double-figure scorer in La Liga personification for a bad group on loan during Rayo, and he has shown how inclusive he can be in a second flight. But if Benzema stays, and we move in a tip executive striker, we don’t need him around.”
HUNTER: “He’s a leader, he’s aggressive, football folk like him, and he has a prolonged career forward of him. Someone will compensate good income for him.”

VERDICT: Sell (Estimated price: €30m)

Karim Benzema (31, 2021)

MARCOTTI: “I see no reason to get absolved of him, generally with Zidane returning. He’ll substantially finish adult with 25-30 goals this year — he has 22 now — that isn’t a terrible return, and he works hard. If we sell him, we need to find another guy, and that gets pricey.”
HUNTER: “I keep him, even if they move in a top-drawer center-forward. He’s fit, he’s popular, he doesn’t need to be your starter, we cruise he’s OK as prolonged as he gets unchanging personification time.”


Borja Mayoral (21, 2021)

MARCOTTI: “He turns 22 in Apr and is during a theatre where, if he’s going to develop, he needs to start display it. He hasn’t.”
HUNTER: “He hasn’t played many this year, and he hasn’t looked good when he has played. Someone competence see somebody in him, so sell him now before they find out.”

VERDICT: Sell (Estimated price: €10m)


If we sell everybody we wish to sell during a estimated prices above, we lift €450 million. Throw in whatever send bill we assume Perez has set aside, and we competence have as many as €600 million to spend. It substantially won’t be that much, of course; some guys won’t go for as many as we predict, and some (Bale and James are a apparent ones) competence not go during all. But a indicate is that Real Madrid will have income to spend, potentially some-more than anyone in story if they can change even some of a players who need to be shifted.

There are adequate players value unresolved on to — Courtois in goal, Varane and Carvajal during a back, Casemiro, Modric and Llorente in midfield, Vinicius, Benzema and Asensio adult front — that we usually need to fill in a gaps around them. You also have a oppulance to fill them with top-drawer quality, even if it means signing dual or 3 “nine-figure players.”

The pivotal in all this, obviously, is Zidane, and there’s no indicate meditative about whom privately they competence pointer until that design becomes clear.

Broadly speaking, if we can move in usually one legitimate luminary during a back, in midfield and in attack, we will have an present and poignant upgrade. If we sell good — that is a large if — we can do it though floating your whole budget. Because while this competence feel like 2009 in terms of grand designs, a existence is we substantially won’t pointer dual Ballon d’Or winners in one send window. (Actually, given that a stream Ballon d’Or leader already plays for Real Madrid, and a usually other dual still personification are Ronaldo and Messi, we unequivocally won’t.)

What is evident, however, is that a horizon of this patrol is in improved figure than people realize, and a bill for a critical reconstruct is there, notwithstanding a fact that Florentino is floating some-more than half a billion on a new roof and glossy cladding for a Bernabeu.

It won’t be easy, and it will take time. But a final legitimate, tellurian megastars Real Madrid combined were behind in 2014, when Kroos and James came aboard. It’s time to change that.

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