Real Madrid rake in £250m in sales as they fill their ‘Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland’ fund… with Martin Odegaard and Raphael Varane raising £70m alone by moving to Arsenal and Manchester United this summer
- Since the start of 2020 Real Madrid have been selling players on a mass scale
- The Spanish giants have tightened the purse strings and cut back on wages
- Latest reports in Spain claim this is to fund moves for a world class superstar
- Madrid have Kylian Mbappe as their main target but also Erling Haaland
Real Madrid are reportedly well on their way to funding a record-breaking move for PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe following latest sales to the Premier League.
In the last week the Spanish giants have recouped yet more money with the official sale of Raphael Varane to Manchester United, along with an imminent deal to see Martin Odegaard return to Arsenal on a permanent basis.
It takes Madrid’s transfer fee incomings over the £259million (€300m) mark since the start of last year, and according to Madrid-based daily newspaper Marca this money is being placed straight into a pot to bring Mbappe to LaLiga.
Fresh reports claim Real Madrid are well on course to raise funds for a huge move for Kylian Mbappe, or to make a bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland
MADRID’S SAVING SPREE
Raphael Varane – £40m
Martin Odegaard – £30m
Achraf Hakimi – £40m
Oscar – £13m
Takefusa Kubo – £4m (loan fees)
Mateo Kovacic – £40m
Marcos Llorente – £35m
Over the previous 18 months Madrid have seen cash injections following the exits of Achraf Hakimi, Oscar, Sergio Reguilon and now Varane and Odegaardl; three of which are now playing their football in the Premier League.
Funds have been raised and huge wages have been shifted off the club’s weekly expense bill, including the likes of former captain Sergio Ramos who was told this summer he would not be offered a lucrative new deal.
Now, Marca claim all Madrid’s attention will soon turn to Mbappe, and that the Spanish giants have not ruled out the possibility of also looking to fund a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
Selling Raphael Varane to Manchester United brought in a cash injection and cut the wage bill
Martin Odegaard is on the brink of permanently signing for Arsenal and bringing in more funds
The saving process dates all the way back to the historic sales of Mateo Kovacic and Marcos Llorente, with Madrid’s incomings during the same time period being minimal.
Not since June 2019 and the signing of Eden Hazard have Madrid shelled out big money on one superstar.
The Belgian arrived from Chelsea for an initial fee of £88m on a five-year contract worth more than £400,000 a week, and represented a huge outlay for the Spaniards.
The Hazard deal also included numerous clauses which, if all met, could see the deal reach the £150m mark long term.
Hazard’s underwhelming and injury-hampered time at Madrid since has been well documented, and the LaLiga titans are keen to avoid a repeat in the future.
Not since the arrival of Eden Hazard in summer 2019 have Madrid splurged big on one player
It is understood that Mbappe too would cost huge money, though Madrid are acutely aware that the Frenchman has just 12 months remaining on his PSG deal and would become a free agent next summer.
There is a growing belief at the Bernabeu that a deal could even be struck in the final weeks of the current transfer window, with PSG now contending with a vastly inflated wage bill following the sensational arrival of Lionel Messi.
As recently reported by Sportsmail, Madrid and PSG are soon set to enter talks regarding the logistics of such a deal.
Furthermore, according to Diario AS, PSG have given up the fight to keep Mbappe and are willing to discuss terms of a move away, even considering a deal with Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo if he leaves.