Contrary to the customary reputation of spending big in the transfer market, Real Madrid have, in fact, been one of the most profitable teams in such difficult economic times.
According to football broadcaster Dougie Critchley, the team from the Spanish capital has churned an impressive profit of nearly €170 million over the last five transfer windows.
This has been made possible through the big-money sales of players like Achraf Hakimi, Martin Odegaard, Raphael Varane and Casemiro. Two of the mentioned four players were regular starters and despite their departures, the team has only gotten better.
It’s not to say the record European champions haven’t spent big. In fact, players such as Aurelien Tchouameni (€100 million) and Eduardo Camavinga (€40 million) have cost Madrid €140 million, including add-ons. But it’s fair to say the decision is paying dividends.
Homework’s the key
This summer, when the transfer window opened on July 1, Real Madrid had done their prior homework. Talks with Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger were already established, hence it came as no surprise that the two players were unveiled as new signings within the first two weeks itself.
Balancing the financial books is an important task, and the Madrid management has done a commendable job, to say the very least, with Gareth Bale, Isco, Luka Jovic and Marcelo all departing, with the club getting rid of their massive wages.
A club like Real Madrid always has a contingency plan, therefore, losing Casemiro to Manchester United for a reported £70 million fee did not really affect the team.
Furthermore, the likes of Borja Mayoral (€10 million), Takefusa Kubo (€6 million), Miguel Gutierrez (€5 million) and Victor Chust (€1 million) were also sold Madrid managed to keep the balance on the positive side.
What about Kylian Mbappe? Well, if not for the contract he signed with Paris Saint-Germain, he would have arrived on a free transfer anyway.
A brilliant repeat of the past
The aforementioned summer business was a perfect imitation of Madrid’s transfer approach ahead of the 2021/22 football season. Back then, Eduardo Camavinga had arrived for an initial €31 million fee, while David Alaba was acquired from Bayern Munich for free.
On the other hand, Raphael Varane (€40 million) moved to Manchester United, and Odegaard joined Arsenal for €35 million as Madrid balanced the book with a profit of +€44 million.
While these businesses were indeed executed to perfection, the profit was even greater during the 2020-21 transfer market. Back then, Achraf Hakimi was sold to Inter for about €43 million, another full-back, Sergio Reguilon, joined Tottenham for about €30 million and Oscar Rodriguez was sold to Sevilla for €13.5 million.
Departures of Javi Sanchez, Jorge De Frutos, Soro and Dani Gomez took Madrid’s revenue to about €104.2 million.
Since 2020, Real Madrid have recorded a net profit of more than €160 million and all that has been done while conquering LaLiga, Champions League, Spanish and European Super Cups.
It must be noted that all of it has been achieved while facing the monumental costs of rebuilding Santiago Bernabeu. So if there’s anyone who needs a role model in managing the finances, it is indeed the iconic Real Madrid.
Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report
Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.
The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.
Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.
This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.
Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia
Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.
With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.
This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.
Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.
What are Ancelotti’s other options?
Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.
The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.
Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.
Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.