Carlo Ancelotti's beady eye will no doubt have been having a good look at the Real Madrid squad to see where the team can be trimmed, shaved and pruned.
Not that the football team is any way like a hedge, of course. Or something else more unmentionable.
The summer has already seen the departures of Gonzalo Higuain, Raul Albiol and Jose Callejon amongst others. Despite this, there is still plenty of opportunity for some more players to be shown the door at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The departure of the Portuguese full-back would be of no great surprise and the column is not claiming to be all with the Nostradamus powers here. Instead, it is because Ancelotti himself has said Coentrao wants out of Real Madrid and that's why the defender was left out of the squad for the Betis clash.
The former blond bombshell has been treated with great suspicion from the start by Real Madrid fans, unable to understand why the club shelled out €30 million for the defender.
That is not to say that Coentrao is a bad player. Indeed the left-back is more reliable in the art of defending than Marcelo.
The problem is there is no way the former Benfica footballer is worth one third of what was paid for Cristiano Ronaldo. Madrid are unlikely ever to recoup the figure paid for the defender two years ago, but some kind of return on the outlay would be handy for the transfer kitty.
Many a kind-hearted Real Madrid fan would like to shake Kaka by the hand, buy the forward a beer, thank the Brazilian for his time and effort over the past four seasons—then tell him to push off and stop being such a drain on the club’s resources.
For a footballer who cost €65 million and earns a significant amount of cash, Kaka is simply not worth the money to keep knocking about.
Last year, there were chances of substitute appearances and even starts for Real Madrid as a back-up for Mesut Oezil. But Kaka has now dropped even further behind in the playmaking queue after the arrival of Isco, who has made a sparkling start to his career at the Bernabeu.
There is the suspicion that Kaka would like to see out the final two years of his contract, then make a freebie move to play in MLS. However, should the right offer suddenly come along for club and player, then the round of applause—good-natured, of course—would be a significant one in the Spanish capital.
An inevitable move to Getafe’s reserves is not exactly going to shake the palm trees in Spain or indeed at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Being the No. 2 at Real Madrid has always been a tough gig—until Iker Casillas became strangely vulnerable to being dropped—and Adan was particularly patient in hanging on to this role.
The former Castilla player has featured in just seven league games in three seasons. That leaves the 26-year-old with as much top-flight experience as other goalkeepers have had in two months, so finding new digs could be an issue for the Madrid-born footballer, who is now fourth in line to be Real Madrid’s man between the sticks.
Adan was left out of the party that headed to the United States for preseason training and is without a squad number on Real Madrid’s official website. That suggests a new life at a new club is just around the corner for the goalkeeper.
Another footballer who is without an official squad number is the young winger, who has outgrown the club’s second team but will still find it hard to play with the big boys.
However, the Russian international’s future is a little different to Adan, with Denis potentially following the path of Dani Carvajal—heading out on loan or on a buy-back deal to another top-flight club to gain experience and potentially return after a season or two.
This would be the smart move for a player who is too promising and talented to be eternally waiting in the wings for a chance of an appearance in the early rounds of the Copa del Rey or a plague to strike all left-footed players in the Real Madrid squad.