During the summer transfer window of 2021, Real Madrid were forced to look aside at English clubs making the headlines. Contrary to their reputation, Los Blancos indulged in just two high-profile signings, acquiring David Alaba and Eduardo Camavinga for free for â¬ 31million. Real Madrid also ended up selling more assets than they could replace, closing another window with the sale of several first-team stars.
Notable players Real Madrid have sold recently
After unloading their legendary center-back partnership of Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos into the same window, the Men in White found themselves once again with an exhausted squad. Despite nominal depth in the full-back areas, Real Madrid have sanctioned the sale of promising youngsters Achraf Hakimi and Sergio Reguilon in 2020.
A year before, they had inexplicably sold Mateo Kovacic to Chelsea without trying to unleash the untapped potential of the talented Croatian. Likewise, Marcos Llorente has become an absolute world batsman at Atletico Madrid, having joined their rivals from crosstown in 2019. Theo Hernandez and Martin Odegaard are two other prospects sold prematurely by Real Madrid.
Despite their talent for selling valuable players for maximum profit, a considerable amount of deadwood is currently in the Madrid squad. With Florentino Perez desperately chasing Kylian Mbappe signings and reinforcements in other areas, the president will have to sacrifice some existing stars to fund his’Galactic‘signatures. On that note, let’s take a look at five players Real Madrid are expected to sell in 2022:
# 5 Luka Jovic
As of this writing, Luka Jovic is the seventh most expensive signing in Real Madrid history, ahead of Karim Benzema, Luis Figo and Brazilian Ronaldo. Despite this, Jovic failed to find his place in Spain, racking up an embarrassing total of just two goals in 38 appearances for Los Merengues.
Purchased during their infamous 2019 spending spree, Real Madrid inexplicably shelled out â¬ 63m for the Serbian’s services. After registering 27 goals in his last season with Eintracht Frankfurt, Jovic needed to ease the pressure on Benzema, ultimately inheriting the Frenchman’s throne at the Bernabeu.
However, the 23-year-old striker has tanked heavily in the Spanish capital. Even a mid-season loan to his former Frankfurt side in 2021 failed to revitalize his career. With a substantial drop in his market value due to a loss of form, Jovic is currently valued at â¬ 20million. Given Benzema’s scorching form and the Serbian’s inability to produce a decent exit, Real Madrid will be wise to offload him as soon as possible.
# 4 Dani Ceballos
In 2017, Dani Ceballos was one of the hottest properties in La Liga, drawing a lot of attention from all top Spanish teams. According to various reports, Barcelona were also interested in signing the promising youngster. With a sum of 16.5 million euros, Real Madrid managed to fend off competition from their Clasico rivals and landed Ceballos.
What initially appeared to be a coup turned out to be an absolute nightmare for both parties involved. Over the next four years, Ceballos only managed to rack up 56 appearances for the club. Moreover, he struggled to establish his own place in the first team, spending two seasons on loan at Arsenal.
Interestingly, the Spaniard has more games for the Gunners under his belt than he has for Real Madrid. With the rise of Federico Valverde and the arrival of Eduardo Camavinga, the chances of Ceballos setting up a late return to Real Madrid seem slim. As a result, Real Madrid are expected to start preparing for the sale of the 25-year-old midfielder as soon as he recovers from his current injury.
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