Summer 2020 transfer promises to witness a mass “discharge” of two giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. There are 30 players of these two teams at risk of liquidation.
Real Madrid – Barcelona struggled
The Covid-19 pandemic exposed the internal problems of Real Madrid and Barcelona. These two Spanish teams are leading the salary fund index in the top 5 leagues in Europe (England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain). And of course, they are the team most heavily affected by the epidemic.
According to Goal, Barcelona’s salary fund in the 2019/20 season amounted to 453 million euros – higher than any other team. Real Madrid ranked second with 369 million euros. The third is the rich French man – Paris Saint Germain with 289 million euros; also the fourth MU (286 million euros), Bayern Munich (270 million euros), Man City (267 million euros), Liverpool (255 million euros).
That forced both Barcelona and Real Madrid to downsize the payroll in the summer of 2020. The number of players in the Real squad is now 25, and if rookie Reinier Jesus is promoted to the first team, that number will be 26.
But that number will grow tremendously after this 2019/20 season. According to statistics, nine players on loan will return to Real and join the first team after the loan expires. Along with that are the talents promoted from youth teams such as Javi Sanchez, Alberto Soro, and Jorge de Frutos.
For their part, Barcelona is nominally only 19 players in the first team, alongside young players like Ansu Fati, Riqui Puig, Inaki Pena, and Ronald Araujo. Although there are fewer players in the first team than Real, the Catalunya team will probably liquidate the players more than the opponent.
Some names that are considered untouchable include Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Antoine Griezmann. The remainder is all in front of the uncertain future in different ways.
The battle “purification” of the two giants
Marca statistics show that Barcelona and Real Madrid can liquidate a total of 30 players. With Real is 13 players, while this number with Barca even up to 17 people. Among these are the names of big stars like James Rodriguez, Bale, Ceballos, Mariano Diaz of Real or Coutinho, Rakitic, Arthur, Vidal, Umtiti, Semedo on the Barca side.
It’s not easy to sell a bunch of players like that. According to Marca, the player-to-player transactions are likely to occur, due to the significant effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic downturn. Barca promise to trade more players than Real Madrid because the players they want to sell are more expensive.
The interest of Barcelona for Lautaro Martinez, Pjanic may cause Coutinho, Arthur, Rakitic, or Vidal to leave in the opposite direction. Coutinho can fully return to Inter Milan, as part of a contract to recruit Lautaro Martinez. In the case of Pjanic, Arthur is the “chosen one”.
For those already in the first team, James Rodriguez seems to be the name at the highest risk of leaving, when the Colombian is entering the final year of the contract. Gareth Bale is also a similar case, but the problem of excessive wages is a barrier that makes it difficult for Real Madrid to expel the Welsh player.
Brahim Diaz and Mariano Diaz not playing much this season are also facing the prospect of having to sell out of the Bernabeu. In addition, Marcelo, Lucas Vazquez, and even Luka Jovic also have uncertain futures. Overall, there are about 10 names and even more to leave the Bernabeu this summer.