Real raise R3.5bn to sign top striker?


Real Madrid have reportedly saved up €200 million (R3.5 billion) from players sales, potentially giving themselves the chance to sign top stars such as Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland in this window.
Los Blancos have been quietly going about their business in the transfer market for the past few years, and it now seems they may reap the benefits, with new reports suggesting that the LaLiga club have €200 million (R3.5 billion) to spend on whomever they desire.  

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According to Spanish publication Marca, Real now have the funds required to sign either Mbappe or Haaland in this window after avoiding making any big-money signings in recent transfer windows.

The one exception was the fee they paid Chelsea for Eden Hazard in July 2019, but this was reportedly covered by Cristiano Ronaldo's sale to Juventus the previous year.   

Club president Florentino Perez has long had a plan to reinvigorate the team's attack with Mbappe or Haaland, and while it required some big outgoings, the plans seem to have fallen into place.  

The mass exodus started when Achraf Hakimi was sold to Inter Milan for €45 million (R789 million), and then Sergio Reguilon to Tottenham Hotspur for €30 million (R526 million) last year. 

Raphael Varane's €50 million (R877 million) move to Manchester United and Sergio Ramos' exit after the expiration of his contract with the club at the end of last season have also seen Spanish giants lower their wage bill massively. 

Martin Odegaard's expected €40 million (R701 million) move to Arsenal will be the latest departure that will reportedly takes Ancelotti's transfer kitty to the €200 million mark.  

Scroll through the gallery below to see five potential free agents Real could sign next year

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