Real Madrid: Grading the transfer window

Real Madrid had the quietest transfer season in recent history, but have they done more harm than good?

There we have it, ladies and gentleman, the summer transfer window is closed!  

Contracts have been signed, sealed and delivered… or they haven’t in the case of Real Madrid. Alas, we can all stop being attracted to click bait titles as La Liga action resumes in the next couple of weeks.

Unlike many other summer transfer windows since Florentino Perez has been at the helm of the Spanish giants, this stretch seemed like a peeping hole to say the least.

RealSport take a look at the top signings and departures at Real in these past few months as the 2017/18 season is underway.


Real Madrid were far from busy this transfer window, despite being linked frequently to big names from Kylian Mbappe to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. To the surprise of many, Perez did not sign a single “galactico”.

Here is a look at who joined this summer: 

  1. 1 Theo Hernandez

    From: Atletico Madrid

    Fee: £20m

    Position: LB

    Theo was the first player in 17 years to make the switch from Los Rojiblancos to Los Blancos, which showed courage from a player who is only 19. 

    Madrid swooped in on Atletico’s young left-back Theo Hernandez who was brought in to cover for Marcelo when he requires rest and in case of injury. 

  2. 2 Dani Ceballos

    From: Real Betis

    Fee: £13m

    Position: CM

    Real Madrid were able to ensure Dani Ceballos joined them instead of Barcelona, who were also keen on the former Betis man.

    His arrival, though, is questionable as Madrid already have more midfield options than chocolate at the Cadbury factory, but it seems as if Real have got themselves a rough gem for the future.

    Despite this traffic jam of a midfield, Ceballos will be given fair opportunity to prove his worth and value to the club, but will have to put up quite a fight.

  3. 3 Marcos Llorente

    From: Deportivo Alaves

    Fee: End of Loan

    Position: CDM

    Like many other additions to the squad, Llorente too is a returnee from the end of his loan spell.

    Marcos Llorente will look to fight for the CDM role which is currently owned by Casemiro.

    Real's management felt that his loan at Alaves had done him well and brought him back home to integrate into the squad.

  4. 4 Jesus Vallejo

    From: Eintracht Frankfurt

    Fee: End of Loan

    Position: CB

    Jesus Vallejo, who captained Spain’s Under-21 squad, will also be keen to earn minutes, with his chances of playing time increased due to the departure of Pepe.

    With Sergio Ramos unable to slow down father time, Vallejo will pay close attention and learn from one the best centre-backs in Europe.

  5. 5 Borja Mayoral

    From: VFL Wolfsburg

    Fee: End of Loan

    Position: ST

    Real’s newest striker Borja Mayoral will feel the pressure of the Bernabeu as he sits second in the pecking order to Karim Benzema as a true number nine.

    Having scored just two goals in 19 games in the Bundesliga last season, fans will hope the 20-year-old can be far more effective back in Spain. 

  6. 6 Achraf Hakimi

    From: Real Madrid Castilla

    Fee: Internal promotion

    Position: RB

    The Morrocan international has proved himself worthy of the first team having worked his way up through Madrid's youth academy and Castilla. 

    His speed and precision passing were a delightful sight as he took part in this summer's USA tour and will serve as support for Dani Carvajal.


The departure gate at the Bernabeu was far busier than that of the arrivals and to the shock of many as several big names saw their time in the royal white jersey of Real Madrid come to an end. 

Here's a look at who departed Madrid this summer:

  1. 1 Alvaro Morata

    To: Chelsea

    Fee: £60m

    Position: ST

    The departure of some of Madrid’s players hurt the current squad more than others. With the sale of Alvaro Morata, many thought another world class calibre striker would walk through the doors as he walked out, but such was not the case.

    Madrid’s inability to replace the Spanish striker who was shortchanged last season, may prove pivotal to any lack of success they may encounter. 

  2. 2 James Rodriguez

    To: Bayern Munich

    Fee: Loan

    Position: CAM

    After a dicey few years at Madrid, Perez has finally let go of James Rodriguez as he has joined the juggernauts of the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich on loan.

    It was easy to understand why the Colombian was keen on this move as Isco was picked ahead of James on multiple occasions last season.

  3. 3 Pepe

    To: Besiktas

    Fee: Free Transfer

    Position:  CB

    Pepe’s move to Besiktas took many by surprise, as the transfer was almost reminiscent to that of Iker Casillas just a few seasons ago.

    A player who had given their heart and soul to the club, but shown the door after yet another Champions League title and sent off on a free transfer. 

    Though Nacho may be an option to fill in for Pepe, his size and physical presence in the air is something he cannot replicate.

  4. 4 Danilo

    To: Manchester City

    Fee: £26.5m

    Position: RB

    Danilo, who was not much of a fan favourite after a few own goals in the Champions League last season, has made his way to the Premier League.

    The wing back has landed at Manchester City to his favour as the addition of Theo Hernandez would have him competing for minutes against one more player. 

  5. 5 Mariano Diaz

    To: Lyon

    Fee: £7.5m

    Position: ST

    Much like Jese, a once promising striker has seen his time up at Real where players are moved through the doors much like that of a slaughter house. 

    Having gotten rid of not only one striker, Los Blancos saw it fit to part ways with Mariano Diaz as well.

    The Dominican born player has already scored three goals in his first two games upon his arrival in Ligue 1.

  6. 6 Fabio Coentrao

    To: Sporting CP

    Fee: Loan

    Position: LB

    Fabio Coentrao also joined Rodriguez on Madrid’s list of loaned out players as he will be at Sporting for the duration of the season.

    Having played the fewest number of games in a single season just last year as well as several injuries sidelining him, Coentrao has fallen far down in Zinedine Zidane's selection.

    His lack of usability to Real Madrid saw the Portuguese head out the door. 

RealSport Verdict: B

The football world seemed to have one eye on Real Madrid this transfer window, but it seemed to be as mundane as Piers Morgan on TV. Sure at times it was interesting with the arrival of Theo Hernandez and company, but did Real sell too much of their arsenal without buying some fire power back?


There is no doubt that Madrid's defence is solid and has gotten stronger with the help of new signings, additions that can be the future of Madrid and learn from their veteran and more experienced peers.


Real's midfield are, without question, one of the most electric bunch in Europe right now with many youngsters on the come up. With so many options for Zidane, the dynamic and playing style of the team can adapt to any opponent that they may face.


With Karim Benzema playing the striker role and inexperienced Mayoral in support, we will be looking to see if CR7 makes his transition back to CR9 and how Zidane will line-up the rest of the squad behind the talisman. 

The rise of Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Isco will most likely see them playing more minutes to keep other players healthy through the course of a long and tasking season.

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