Real Madrid CF: 3 Players They Should Sell

Aila StumpoCorrespondent IJune 26, 2011

Real Madrid CF: 3 Players They Should Sell

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    Real Madrid is dipping into market and preparing for the coming season—they have already made three purchases in the forms of Hamit Altıntop, Nuri Şahin, and José Callejón.

    More purchases are expected to come as Real Madrid plan to challenge Barcelona’s current dominance in La Liga.

    But, with the large number of expected purchases, very talented youth coming through the ranks, and an already-board squad, what will be of the current fringe players?

    With €15 million already invested in the team and more predicted to be splashed out, who should Real sell in order to make some of the money back? 

    Here are three suggestions.

Fernando Gago

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    Position: Defensive Midfielder

    Possible Destinations: Boca Juniors, Liverpool

    “Barcelona are the best team in history. They are well above Real Madrid and the fans do not want to admit it,” said Gago, according to ESPN.

    Although this statement is not a reason to sell the player, it caused much dismay among fans, and some are calling for him to leave.

    But, there are many more reasons for Gago to leave.

    For example, he has only made four league appearances this season (the poor statistic poor statistic partially due to injury), and at the age of 25, he should be looking for more first-team football. With Lass Diarra, Sami Khedira, Esteban Granero, and Xabi Alonso playing in his preferred position and Pepe the alternative, there doesn’t look to be much room for him.

    He is a surplus to the current requirements at the Bernabéu, and while teams such as Liverpool are eying him, he could leave for a nice price.

Ricardo "Kaká"

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    Position: Attacking Midfielder

    Possible Destinations: Inter Milan, AC Milan, Chelsea

    Ever since transferring from A.C. Milan in 2009, the talented Brazilian has not been able to reach his full potential.

    Just like Fernando Gago, Kaká has become a surplus in the needs of this Madrid squad.

    His absence for the majority of the season has led to the rise of Özil, and with the arrival of Turkish international Nuri Şahin, the bench looks like the most likely place for Kaká.

    A player of his immense talent and ability deserves to be working his trade week-in and week-out, something that unfortunately won’t be happening at Real Madrid. 

    With big-spending teams like Chelsea interested, a hefty price could be put on the Brazilian—a price which in turn could be invested into the squad or other projects.

Ezequiel Garay

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    Position: Centre Back

    Possible Destinations: Sevilla, Lyon, Marseille, Benfica

    Making five appearances this season, Garay has unfortunately proven that he is just not the calibre a Real Madrid defender needs to be.

    Using the 6-3 win over Valencia in April as an example, Garay seemed far out of his depth. Had Iker Casillas not been between the posts, the score for Valencia could have been much higher. Not that the three conceded were all his fault, but that game in particular proved Real Madrid needed stronger backup defenders.

    His poor form in the minimal number of games in which he played could have been a result of inadequate playing time. Transferring to another team could offer the playing time he needs, and he would more than likely improve.