Real Madrid will be forced to sell at least four players during the January transfer window next month if they are looking to avoid sanctions related to the Financial Fair Play Rules.
According to a report from MARCA, Los Merengues must offload around £170 million by the end of the 2019/20 season in order to balance their books and avoid further penalties. Teams such as AC Milan, Manchester City and Chelsea have already had issues with this matter, and Madrid do not want to be the next.
To accomplish this feat, Madrid would look to depart four players: James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale, Mariano Diaz and Brahim Diaz. The latter is one of the top prospects in La Liga, but he hasn’t panned out at Madrid and could be a good way to get fresh funds. The other three have no place on Zinedine Zidane’s tactical scheme and would be better suited playing elsewhere.
James and Bale alone could net Madrid around £120m if we are being conservative. Mariano could net between £10m and 20m, whereas Brahim could easily be sold for £30m considering he is only 20 years old but absolutely loaded with potential.
Madrid could regret to part ways with him, but the team must comply with the FPP regulations. That’s the prize of signing expensive players such as Eden Hazard, Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy without parting ways with anyone else on the squad.