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Operation Exit - Up to 30 players could leave Madrid & Barca in the next window

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It looks like there will be more farewells than welcomes at Real Madrid and Barcelona in the upcoming transfer window.

Between the current players, the returning loanees and the players that new signings will replace, up to 30 player exits could happen between Spain's top two clubs.

We've taken a look at who those outgoing names might be and why.

Zinedine Zidane already has plenty of players in his first team squad - 26 if you count Reinier Jesus - and that number will only grow at the end of this season.

Nine first team players are set to return to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu from their loans elsewhere, plus youngsters Javi Sanchez, Alberto Soro and Jorge de Frutos.

Achraf Hakimi is one of those due back in Madrid at some point this summer, and while no one has doubts over his potential, there are questions over whether he'll play enough at the club.

Dani Carvajal is an immovable object at right-back, while Ferland Mendy and Marcelo are already competing for the left-back spot, meaning Achraf might have to look elsewhere.

Of the other loanees who could leave Real Madrid next season, Dani Ceballos hasn't convinced Zidane and has interest from elsewhere, Sergio Reguilon would like to stay at Sevilla for another season, and there is no place in the first team squad for Jesus Vallejo, Takefusa Kubo or Borja Mayoral.

Alvaro Odriozola's future is up in the air but, having seen him leave on loan in January, a summer exit make sense.

Oscar Rodriguez has impressed during his loan at Leganes and is ready to make the step up, but there's no room for him to do it at Real Madrid.

Reinier will also have to leave on loan to get game time because of the midfield competition in Zidane's ranks.

As for those already in the first team, James Rodriguez looks the easiest to shift given he's going into the last year of his contract.

Gareth Bale is another of those whose performances this campaign have been disappointing, but his big wages could see him be the most difficult player to get rid of for Real Madrid this summer.

Neither Brahim Diaz nor Mariano Diaz have played much this season under Zidane and, while they might not want to leave, they'll both be available to other clubs.

Then there is a group of players whose futures are uncertain. Marcelo has significant interest from Juventus, Lucas Vazquez is going into the final year of his deal and Luka Jovic's first season in Spain hasn't lived up to the hype.

All in all, around 10 exits are expected at Real Madrid this summer, with the possibility of more on top of that.

Barcelona only have 19 players in their first team squad, plus youngsters like Ansu Fati, Riqui Puig, Inaki Pena and Ronald Araujo.

Despite having a smaller first team squad than Real Madrid, the Catalan club could be set to offload more players in the upcoming window.

Some members of Quique Setien's squad are untouchable - Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann - but the rest are pretty much on the transfer list.

That includes the likes of Neto and Sergi Roberto, as well as the players who have been regularly linked with moves away, such as Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and even recent arrival Martin Braithwaite.

Swap deals could be the order of the summer as far as new signings are concerned.

Barcelona's interest in Lautaro Martinez, Miralem Pjanic and Mattia de Sciglio has seen Nelson Semedo's name emerge as a possible makeweight.

The Portuguese right-back has seen his contract talks break down with Barcelona and, with two years left on his current deal, he's up for sale this summer.

Juventus want Arthur Melo as part of any deal that sees Pjanic move to the Camp Nou but the Brazilian would rather stay at Barcelona.

Ousmane Dembele is a different case altogether. Barcelona would almost certainly like to sell him, but his injuries and off-the-pitch problems in the last three years mean that clubs won't be willing to meet the Blaugrana's asking price for him at the moment.

As for the loanees due to return, Philippe Coutinho will find it difficult to restore his reputation with the club, even if Quique Setien has plans for him next season.

However, if Coutinho was to stay at Barcelona next season, he could cost the club around 50 million euros, so finding a buyer at the right price would be a wise move.

Other loanees who would be allowed to leave this summer would be Moussa Wague, Jean-Clair Todibo, Oriol Busquets, Carles Alena and Rafinha - there could be a chance for one of the last two to feature for Setien next season, however.

Barcelona also have Pedri, Francisco Trincao and Matheus Fernandes to arrive at the club this summer and, given they are future prospects, the Blaugrana will look to loan them out.

The Catalan club are able to buy Emerson's full rights from Real Betis this summer too and could sell him on for a bigger fee.