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July 6, 2011

Real Madrid keeps on moving the transfer market

Portuguese left defender Fabio Coentrao has become this Tuesday the fifth and most expensive signing that the Whites have done this summer.

By Andrew Hill

Portuguese left defender Fabio Coentrao has become this Tuesday the fifth and most expensive signing that the Whites have done this summer.

Like every player that arrives to Real Madrid, Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao has stayed truth to the speech that has been heard thousands of times: it’s a dream come true to come to the best team in the world. After a lot of negativity from his former club Benfica to transfer him to the Whites, € 30 million have been enough to convince the Portuguese squad to deal, and has linked the 23-year-old wingback to the club for the next six seasons.

Benfica will not receive the entire amount in cash, for Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay, valued in € 10 million, has been included in the operation to reduce Madrid’s costs. Garay was not part of the plans that Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho has for the Whites this season, in contrast to Coentrao, who has been an explicit desire from him. There it has been a round business for Real Madrid, as they have gotten what they wanted and got rid of what they didn’t.

Now the club needs to focus in the exit of the players.

Despite having made five signings already, Real Madrid hasn’t retire from the transfer market yet, and one more to reinforce the attack front is expected to arrive, one that could shake the country if city archrival’s striker Sergio Kun Aguero ends up arriving to the club like the rumors speculate. With Atletico de Madrid’s posture of only transferring their franchise player if the € 45 million rescission clause is fully paid, Aguero could not only become the Whites sixth signing, but also the most expensive one of them.

Besides the newly transferred Coentrao, the other four players that have joined the club this summer are: Turkish midfielders Nuri Sahin (around € 12 million) and Hamit Altintop (free), French defender Raphael Varane (€ 10 million range), and forward Jose Maria Callejon (€ 5.5 million).

In their effort to put an end to Barcelona’s hegemony in the past three years, where they have won La Liga three times in a row and have also clinched the UEFA Champions League twice during this time, Real Madrid is repeating the same formula that they used the previous season: massive signing of young players.

This formula has come to rejuvenate the roster, making it the one with the lowest age average (25) in the White’s last decade, and setting high expectations for the future, as these youngsters still have the best years of their careers to come.

Now the club needs to focus in the exit of the players that, like Garay, are not part of Mourinho’s plans for the upcoming season. The names of the footballers that are called to be transferred are: Lassana Diarra, Fernando Gago, Royston Denthre, David Mateos, Sergio Canales and Pedro Leon.

Last season Real Madrid was able to end with a two-season title draught after winning the Copa del Rey against archrival Barcelona. For this season the expectations will be set higher, and not winning either La Liga or the UEFA Champions League will be considered as a failure by the fans.

The money has been invested, now it is up to Mourinho and his players to demonstrate that they are worth it.

About the Author
When it comes to sports, Andrew Hill has proven that he can translate his passion for sports in truthful and objective information of interest for the sports betting industry. As of today he specializes in the coverage of European soccer and NCAA basketball for BetIAS’ website.