Real Madrid are looking to renovate their first team, and in turn, letting go of as many as 7 of their players this summer transfer season.
This comes as a minor shock after the Los Blancos’ incredible season, during which they defeated Barcelona to win the La Liga, and beat Juventus in Cardiff to win the UEFA Champions League for the 3rd time in 4 years. In the process, they also became the first club in Champions League history to hold the trophy for two consecutive seasons.
Zinedine Zidane, though, is looking to add further more quality into the best club in Europe at the moment. According to AS, it would mean that he will be willing to let go up to 7 players in order to make space for the newer recruits.
Portuguese centre-back Pepe became the first player to move out of the club, confirming his decision on social media. He had spent over 10 years at the club, and played over 300 games.
El día llego… El 12 de julio de 2007 llegue al Real Madrid con la ilusión de un niño que llegaba donde había soñado…
The center-back’s fellow Portuguese compatriot, Fabio Coentrao, is almost certain to move out on a loan to Sporting CP as well. There was a strong indication towards the same when the 29-year-old was absent from the club’s celebrations after the UCL victory.
Furthermore, if the David De Gea move does finally take place, Real Madrid might be looking at selling Keylor Navas too, despite the Costa Rican goalkeeper putting up a string of excellent performances to ensure Real Madrid won the league.
It is also understood that Manchester United may be eyeing at least 2 of the possible 7 players that head out the Bernabeu’s exit door.
James Rodriguez, who has fallen out of Zinedine Zidane’s plans for the future, is looking for prospects elsewhere. He was completely omitted from the squad which played in the UCL finals. United have had him on their radar for some time now, and Inter Milan are understood to have put a bid for his services at the San Siro as well.
Alvaro Morata is considered to be another one of United’s prime targets, especially since Antoine Griezmann’s deal fell off. The Old Trafford outfit is looking at a complete striker to take over the reigns from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. With 20 goals already to his name last season, though, the Spaniard might generate a hefty price tag.
Danilo, 25, may also leave the club in search of a permanent first team spot. After being highly rated by the gaffer, the right-back is being linked with Inter Milan.
Meanwhile, Mariano, another of Real Madrid’s prodigious young strikers, is on the lookout for a loan deal, with La Liga clubs Real Betis, Deportivo, and Malaga in pursuit of the forward.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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