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Real Madrid 'must sell' before making any new signings

Tom Gott
Ancelotti has rules to follow this summer
Ancelotti has rules to follow this summer / Fran Santiago/GettyImages

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has warned manager Carlo Ancelotti that he will have to sell some players if he wants to sign new ones this summer.

The focus remains on signing PSG's Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer, and Real hope to finance that by offloading the likes of Isco, Marcelo and Gareth Bale when their contracts expire at the end of the season.

There is an acceptance at the Santiago Bernabeu that more reinforcements are needed to combat an ageing squad, but Marca state that Real's transfer business will be minimal - Mbappe aside - if they cannot sell players first.

Real hope to raise close to €100m by selling their fringe players, including the likes of Dani Ceballos, Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard, while young loanees Takefusa Kubo, Brahim Diaz and Reinier could also be offloaded.

Some of those sales will be far easier than others - Hazard's high wages could make his exit impossible - and so Real expect to have to wait until the end of the summer to pursue any possible signings.

Los Blancos took a similar strategy last summer when they brought in Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes towards the end of the transfer window, spending months convincing him to reject other offers and wait for their approach.

It is suggested that Real could go for something similar with another French youngster, Aurelien Tchouameni of Monaco.

Real are desperate to sign Tchouameni but are believed to see attacking reinforcements, such as Mbappe and Erling Haaland, as the priority. Therefore, they will ask the Monaco youngster to wait, but there is no guarantee that will happen.

Tchouameni has attracted plenty of interest from the Premier League, including from Chelsea. 90min understands that Jorginho's future at Stamford Bridge is far from certain and Tchouameni is high on the Blues' list of possible signings this summer.