Real Madrid have already made five signings this summer, with Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao and Rodrygo Goes all having arrived.
However, they now need to make some sales as they currently have 36 first-team squad members on their books.
Marcos Llorente has already departed, signing for Atletico Madrid for 40 million euros, and others will soon follow him out of the exit door at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
There is talk of 10 more departures and the acquisition of players has been paused until sales are made, with no more arrivals expected until July or August.
James Rodriguez, Raul de Tomas and Mateo Kovacic are likely to be the next players to depart and Real Madrid directors hope to obtain 120m euros for the trio – 40m euros total for James to join Napoli, 25m euros total for De Tomas to join Benfica and 55m euros total if Kovacic joins Chelsea, where they might be able to sign him as he is already registered as a Blues player.
As for some of the other players who were out on loan last season, Martin Odegaard is set to switch to Bayer Leverkusen and there has been interest from Napoli in Theo Hernandez.
Isco is another who could leave and there is interest in the man from Malaga, even if there haven’t been concrete offers, while the club will also see if offers come in for Dani Ceballos or Lucas Vazquez.
Nacho, meanwhile, has received a call from Inter, although it hasn’t been decided if he will stay or go.
In general, players who hadn’t wanted to leave are listening to offers now that they know their playing time would be limited next season.
The blockbuster sale would be that of Gareth Bale, although the Welshman’s situation is complicated.
Bayern Munich have rejected the chance to sign the forward, and now it’s time to wait to see what the future holds for the former Tottenham player.
On the whole, now is the time for Real Madrid to focus on player sales.