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Real Madrid transfer plan as Bale sale eyed to fund Mbappe and Haaland

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Real Madrid will look to offload numerous first-team players including Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane in order to fund bids for Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, according to reports in Spain.

Los Blancos – who sit second in La Liga – remain in pursuit of a double this season after reaching the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Liverpool.

But Santiago Bernabeu chiefs have already turned their attention to the summer transfer window, when they hope to reinforce Zinedine Zidane’s squad with marquee signings.

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Real Madrid are long-term admirers of Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe – and they are planning on making bids for both stars.

Zidane hopes to free up transfer funds by offloading Bale
Zidane hopes to free up transfer funds by offloading Bale

That’s according to Marca , which claims the Spanish giants are willing to make offers for both superstars-in-the-making so long as their clubs will entertain transfer talks.

The report adds Haaland and Mbappe have expressed an interest in joining Real Madrid, although it seems highly unlikely the club will be able to finance two huge-money bids this summer due to their debts which total £770million.

Long-serving players Marcelo and Isco are free to leave
Long-serving players Marcelo and Isco are free to leave

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Los Blancos have already pursued a cut-price option by reportedly agreeing terms to sign David Alaba at the expiry of his Bayern Munich contract this summer.

And they are resigned to needing to sell players to make room in the squad and free up funds for transfers.

The report in the Madrid-based newspaper claims Gareth Bale – currently on loan at Tottenham – is one of many players who is free to leave.

Elsewhere, Manchester United-linked Raphael Varane could depart for a fee in the region of €70million (£61m).

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Bale has wages of £600,000 per week, while fellow big-earners Marcelo and Isco are also surplus to requirements.

The same goes for fringe players Alvaro Odriozola, Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovic.

But there are some players Real Madrid consider untouchable, including Thibaut Courtois, Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema.

Martin Odegaard – currently on loan at Arsenal – will also stay, alongside his fellow talented youngsters Vinicius Junior, Federico Valverde and Rodrygo.

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This article originally appeared on Mirror – Football

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