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Report: 12 Names On Zidane's Axe List

After Real Madrid already spent a whopping €300 million in this window, they now need to sell some players in order to balance the books, and as many as 12 names reportedly find themselves on Zinedine Zidane's axe list.

Click through the gallery above to see which 12 players Real are considering selling, according to AS!

Los Blancos have already signed Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao and Rodrygo Goes in the window, splashing out just over €300 million (R4.83 billion) in the process.

However, their squad revamp is believed to be far from finished as the French coach is reportedly keen to add Paul Pogba or another central midfielder to the roster.

Following Real's early splurge in this window, they now need to get some players off their books, with the squad currently consisting of 30 players, according to AS. Midfielder Marcos Llorente was the first player to leave after the club announced on Thursday that he will join Atletico Madrid.

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Gareth Bale is also high on the club's exit list, with even his agent confirming that Zidane is not planning for the future with the Welshman in mind. However, the club may find it difficult to sell him because it seems that few teams are interested in taking on his massive wages, while Bale himself seems prepared to sit out the rest of his contract, which only expires in 2022.

Meanwhile, James Rodriguez has returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after Bayern Munich opted against activating their purchase option on the Colombian playmaker. However, he seems to have found a new club already, with Napoli said to be close to agreeing terms with the player and Real for his transfer.

Mateo Kovavic reportedly also has no future at Real, and Chelsea, the club he played for on loan during the 2018/19 campaign, have until 30 June to decide if they want to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge, according to AS.

Read: The Highest-Paid Real Stars After Hazard Signing

Other players on Zidane's reported axe list include Dani Ceballos, who has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, and Mariano Diaz. The latter currently wears Real's iconic No. 7 shirt, which they would apparently like to give to new galactico signing Hazard.

You can find all 12 players linked with Real exits in the gallery above! Let us know, in the comments section below, which players you would sell if you were in charge of Los Blancos.

 

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