Tuesday, 9 January 2007

How much more will it cost?

Fernando Gago, Real Madrid's latest signingThe current Real Madrid leadership is currently under severe criticism for spending around 100 million euros this season for no apparent gain. However, a quick look at the club's transfer policy over the past three seasons (see the table below), shows that this is not a new phenomenon. And yet, the first team squads are generally composed of players who have been at the club much longer (Casillas, Raúl, Guti, Salgado, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, Helguera). Some (though not all) of these players are just not showing either the form or the commitment required to retain their regular starting place, or even their place at the club.

Perhaps Mijatovic and Capello's promised "measures" will seek to address this. In the meantime, the club has restricted access to the squad's training sessions for both journalists and fans to the first fifteen minutes (warm up and stretches), presumably to prevent any further "indiscretions" being caught on camera.

(€ million)
StatusSold for
(€ million)
Walter Samuel25sold to Inter16
Jonathan Woodgate22on loan to Middlesbrough 
Michael Owen12sold to Newcastle24
Thomas Gravesen6sold to Celtic4
Carlos Diogo5on loan to Zaragoza 
Pablo García4.5on loan to Celta 
Julio Baptista24.5on loan to Arsenal 
Sergio Ramos27first team 
Robinho24.5first team 
Cassano6leaving in January? 
Cicinho8long term injured 
Fabio Cannavaro7first team 
Emerson16first team 
Mahamadou Diarra26first team 
Ruud van Nistelrooy15first team 
José Antonio Reyesfreeon loan from Arsenal 
Marcelo6just debuted 
Gonzalo Higuaín12not yet debuted 
Fernando Gago18just debuted 
Total264.5 44

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