Real Madrid’s money-making academy: Almost 250m euros in four years from sales

Real Madrid have often made plenty of money from selling their academy graduates, but especially in recent years.

In fact, each of the top five transfer fees received for La Fabrica products in the club’s history have come in the last four years.

They are Alvaro Morata, Marcos Llorente, Jese Rodriguez, Raul de Tomas and now, after recently completing a move to Inter, Achraf Hakimi.

Morata became the most expensive Real Madrid academy graduate in the club’s history when he was sold to Chelsea for 66 million euros in 2017.

The striker had left the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu before, for Juventus in 2014, but decided that he was better off elsewhere again after Real Madrid had bought him back in 2016.

The sale of Achraf to Inter earlier this month brought 40 million euros, plus five million euros in add-ons, into the Real Madrid coffers.

The Moroccan had spent the previous two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund and saw no way past Dani Carvajal at Real Madrid.

The Spaniard had found his feet at the Bernabeu under Santiago Solari, but the return of Zidane in March 2019 had sentenced him to an exit.

De Tomas makes up the top five with his sale to Benfica for 20 million euros, plus two million euros in add-ons, in 2019.

After a tough six months in Portugal, the Spaniard returned to LaLiga Santander with Espanyol in January.

Outside the top five academy graduate sales is Alvaro Negredo, who signed for Sevilla for 19 million euros in 2009.

In the last four years, Real Madrid have also made a number of smaller sales of players who have come through their youth system.

In 2016, they told Denis Cheryshev to Valencia for seven million euros.

In 2017, they sold Mariano Diaz to Lyon for eight million euros, Diego Llorente to Real Sociedad for seven million euros and Burgui to Alaves for three million euros.

In 2018, they sold Omar Mascarell to Schalke for 10 million euros, Lucas Torres to Eintracht Frankfurt for 3.5 million euros and Philipp Leinhart to Freiburg for two million euros.

Adding together all the transfer fees received for academy graduates at Real Madrid since 2016, you get to the total of 246 million euros.

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