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Real Madrid working wonders in the transfer market: €170m profit in last five windows

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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.

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Arsenal boss requests €25 million-rated Real Madrid attacker

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Marco Asensio is among the players who are facing an uncertain future at Real Madrid as we approach the second half of the campaign.

The attacker’s current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. And despite showing glimpses of his potential during the course of this campaign, his continuity in the Spanish capital is far from guaranteed.

According to Fichajes, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has urged the club to push for an operation to sign Asensio at the end of the season.

The Spanish tactician has identified Asensio as an ideal candidate to reinforce his ranks in the attacking unit. The Real Madrid star, after all, brings in a wealth of experience, having featured in over 260 competitive matches for Los Blancos.

The forward’s tally of 53 goals and 29 assists is not bad by any means either. And given his versatility in the final third of the pitch, he could be a useful addition for Arsenal in the coming season.

But the Real Madrid camp will not too keen on offloading their star player. The club have been impressed by the attacker’s performance, which could potentially lead to a renewal offer later this year.

However, it must be noted that Real Madrid are yet to table any official offer for the attacker. In fact, it is Arsenal who have started laying the groundwork and are expected to meet the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in London to discuss a potential move to Emirates Stadium.

It appears Liverpool are in the mix as well, though Arsenal remain the favourite due to the presence of Mikel Arteta. Barcelona, too, had showcased interest in signing Asensio in the summer, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the Spaniard in the coming months.

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