Cristiano Ronaldo appears Juventus-bound, and it won’t exactly be a surprise to Real Madrid. The 33-year-old has been hinting at an exit ever since the Champions League final, and so far, Manchester United was thought to be the likely destination.
However, now, the Serie A giants seem to be the ones with the most concrete financial bid, and Los Blancos are on the hunt for their next Galactico.
Here are some of the players they could sign as a probable replacement for the Portuguese superstar:
The Argentine forward, in addition to being a long-term target for Madrid, could find himself worked into the Ronaldo deal. While this will certainly sweeten the price, Real President Florentino Perez will also be eager to attain a replacement this early and without relative fuss.
Further, at 24 years of age, Dybala could prove to be the ideal Ronaldo-esque arrival compared to the rest of the names on this list, and truly function for the long-term rather than see his prime vary in a season or two. Further, in La Liga, the starlet can make a firm mark on becoming among the best in the world.
It remains to be seen if Juventus will opt for the player plus cash approach though.
Real Madrid are destined to acquire the Brazilian, and if Ronaldo does leave the club, this dream move will certainly be put on the fast-track. Further, purchasing Neymar would be an even smarter move with a view of the fanfare and commercial success that surrounds Ronaldo.
Coupled with his age and proven popularity, perhaps only Neymar can be Madrid’s hope to sustain the star-power immediately at the Bernabéu. Moreover, La Liga will prove to be the perfect destination for him to truly work on his abilities rather than the Ligue 1, where he appears more bored than challenged.
Another player that has prominently featured on their wish-list. Hazard could find his way to Spain in the event their more exuberant targets aren’t able to make it. Seeing how things are faring at Chelsea, the 27-year-old Belgian will make the move solely to move up the ladder.
With Madrid’s unprecedented track-record in the Champions League, buying Hazard will also serve as a technical move in view of Ronaldo’s exit. His talents and creative skill-set will certainly bring more to the club than just a penchant for scoring goals and having a fan-following.
One look at the 19-year-old’s highlight reel in this World Cup and anyone will be convinced as to why Madrid may be going head-over-heels in trying to purchase him. However, this is a transfer that they will have some difficulty in securing, considering how short his tenure at PSG has been.
While the same argument can be made for the Neymar saga as well, the difference in age and the Frenchman having a more promising untapped potential makes it clear who the Qatari-backed side would be more willing to let go of, if at all.
Probably the smartest move in terms of affordability and balance to the roster. The young Frenchman will be tremendously cheaper than Mbappe, Neymar, and Hazard. His fan-following is pretty sizable too, and perhaps Madrid really don’t need to rely on another big-name poster-boy for their all-round success.
Signing the unhappy Manchester United forward will also quell the probable unhappiness in their own roster. This will ensure that the likes of Isco and Asensio are given proper space to develop and shine on their own while the youngster will adjust to his role with the side, ever ready for a bigger move.
But is this the transfer that Perez and his intended reputation for the club require?