Real Madrid Transfer Market 2012-2013: The Departures And Beyond

Real Madrid's 2012-2013's transfer window has been open for exits only. At this point of the preseason, Hamit Altintop, Fernando Gago, Royston Drenthe (free agent) and Dani Carvajal have been dealt out of the club, and players like Carvalho, Lass, Sahin or Kaká could also be enjoying their last moments in a Real Madrid uniform.

The team usually spends tons of money every summer to bring in some exciting new players. But last year, that all changed. Fábio Coentrao was Real Madrid's most expensive acquisition of the summer, while Altintop, Callejón, Varane and Sahin were presented with the white jersey as well. Only Nuri Sahin became a Real Madrid starter for the 2011-2012 season, and the Turkish player's season was full of injuries.

Now, Real Madrid has earned approximately a total of 20M€ with the players that have left the club. Although Sergio Canales' transfer to Valencia hasn't been confirmed, journalists speculate that Valencia bought Gago and Canales for 11.5M€.

Those transfers, along with the 5M€ Bayer Leverkusen paid for Carvajal and the 3M€ Galatasaray spent on Altintop, adds up to approximately 20M€. Fernando Gago's salary was known to be at around 3M€, so that will also be a relief to Real Madrid's budget.

Even so, José Mourinho and Real Madrid's executives are still waiting to say goodbye to more players. Portuguese Defender Ricardo Carvalho hasn't practiced with the team yet and is expected to go and have some minutes elsewhere. It's almost certain that he will not be in Real Madrid's roster for the next campaign. Lass and Kaka's situations aren't that simple either. They expect large sums of money and no team is willing to offer them such a high salary.

Their football situation, however, is very different. They both are still far from retiring and could help any given team down the road. But this is a familiar situation for Real Madrid. It seems that the team would accept a +20M€ offer for the Brazilian player to cut his wages off the budget, but PSG has already invested big time in the acquisition of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while AC Milan's needs differ greatly. Plus, the Italian team traded its two stars to balance its financial account, and signing Kaká wouldn't make any sense.

The former Ballon D'Or winner still wants to compete in Europe and is not considering a return to his country, so he could retire there just like fading stars like Ronaldinho, Ronaldo Nazario, Luis Fabiano or Adriano did.

Lass Diarra doesn't seem to accept the bench role Mourinho put him in since Khedira arrived, and he could see even fewer minutes if Modric signs for Real Madrid. The French player could have an important role as a backup right back for Arbeloa, but he has stated many times before that he doesn't consider himself a defender. As a matter of fact, that's one of the reasons why Mourinho and Lass went separate ways when the French player was under Mourinho's orders in Chelsea.

Anyway, it seems like Real Madrid could even earn some more money this summer, so that Modric's deal doesn't shake the club's economy as much.

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