Grading Real Madrid’s transfer window.

Gareth Bale greets Real Madrid fans during his official unveiling at the Bernabéu

The transfer window has finally slammed shut. The 2013 transfer window will be remembered by Madridistas as one that brought great happiness and great devastation at the same time.  Huge prospects were brought in. Super stars were signed. But the departure of fan favourites overshadowed everything that was done previously.

Let’s take a look at how Real Madrid fared in the transfer window…

In: Carvajal (€6.5m), Casemiro (€6m), Isco (€27m), Illarramendi (€32.2m), Gareth Bale (€100m)

Total spending: €162.7m


The right-back position has been a problem for Real Madrid in the past few years. Real Madrid activated Carvajal’s buyback clause from Bayer Leverkusen for €6.5m. It was money well-spent. Carvajal had an impressive preseason. He will provide depth in defense for Real Madrid as well as competition for Arbeloa who improved immediately upon Carvajal’s arrival. He will give Real Madrid many tireless and energetic performances for many years to come!

Grade: A


400916-isco Real Madrid fought off competition from Man City to sign Isco. Based on his performances for Real Madrid so far, it is obvious that he is worth every single penny spent on him.  At  21 years old, he has already been touted as the future of Real Madrid and Spain National Team.  Isco is no doubt a great coup for Real Madrid.

Grade: A


He has yet to feature for Real Madrid due to persistent injuries. However, he is back in training and will be making his debut soon. He will prove to be a great backup to Xabi and much needed depth to the squad. If he can replicate his U-21 European Championship form, Real Madrid have one hell of a player in their hands.

Grade: B

Gareth Bale


Real Madrid made their statement of intent by splashing out a world record €100m on the Welshman. Even without Gareth Bale, Real Madrid already have a great squad. I doubt that Real Madrid need him but he will certainly add quality to the already talented squad. Maybe his price tag is a little too steep but I am sure he will prove himself on the pitch.

Grade: B

Out: Carvalho (Free), Pedro Leon (€6m), Essien (Loan return), Callejon (€10m), Albiol (€12m), Higuain (€37m), Kaka (Free), Denis (Loan), Adan (Contract terminated), Ozil (€50m)

Total revenue: €119.4m



Higuain’s departure made Real Madrid a little short in the front line and brought great devastation to Madridistas. A superb player. A silent hard worker. It seems that his time in Real Madrid came to an abrupt end. He left too soon. He could still be a great contributor to Real Madrid had he stayed.

Grade: C



Kaka has been a deadwood for Real Madrid for quite some time already. Poor form coupled with injuries masked his never-say-die attitude. His exit from Real Madrid freed up the wage bill and allow youngsters to get their chances. It is a great deal for Real Madrid, AC Milan and Kaka himself.

Grade: A


The transfer which made Madridistas die of a broken heart. 81 assists and 27 goals in 159 games says it all. Ozil has been a crucial part of Real Madrid for the past 3 seasons. His contributions made him a huge fan favourite. The German’s ability to create a goal out of nothing and telepathy with Ronaldo will be sorely missed. It was a transfer that should not have happened. It was a  huge oversight by Florentino Perez and the Real Madrid’s board. I have a feeling that they will regret it for many years to come.

Grade: F

Promoted: Nacho, Morata, Jese


Real Madrid did well to retain the services of the youth team players. Jese and Morata are one of the most talented players in their age group. Jese and Nacho signed a contract extension till 2017 while Morata still have 2 seasons left in his Real Madrid contract. Given the right amount of chances, they will certainly make it big in Real Madrid. If they can fulfill their potential, Real Madrid have a bright future ahead.

Grade: AAA

A roller coaster styled transfer window has came an end. Overall, I would give Real Madrid a final grade of B.

Players come and go. That is a fact that we must all accept. Life goes on. We should be looking forward to the season ahead. I hope that all the departed players will find success with their new clubs. May Real Madrid gain success of their own with the new signings. I can smell La Decima already! Hala Madrid!



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