Real Madrid are reportedly planning a massive overhaul of the squad next summer as they are facing the threat of a transfer ban in the following two transfer windows.
Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane want to build a squad for the future signing several young talented players. However, for those players to arrive, Los Blancos will need to let go many of their current stars. Zidane will have to decide which men he wants to keep, and who he is willing to let leave.
Although there is still nothing certain, these are the ten players that could leave the club at the end of the season according to the latest transfer rumours:
10. Alvaro Arbeloa
The 33-year-old has barely played this season and it seems clear that he will finally leave the club next summer. The Los Blancos defender has been linked with a move to Besiktas and there are also rumours of a possible Major League Soccer switch. The Spaniard’s contract will expire in June and has recently admitted he is going to leave at the end of the season, but his destiny is still unknown. “My people are trying to find the best for my future,” he told La Galerna.
9. Nacho Fernandez
The Real Madrid home-grown defender has spent the last three seasons as a member of the first team, but with limited minutes of action. He has served the club well, but many believe Los Merengues need to bring in better substitutes in order to step up. Napoli have long been interested in the 26-year-old, and they are ready to offer him a leading role in the team. He will have plenty of offers next summer and it seems unlikely that he will reject them all.
The Brazilian has become a crucial piece in Zinedine Zidane’s lineup in the past few games. However, according to the latest Real Madrid transfer talk, Los Blancos are seeking for another defensive midfielder to reinforce the squad next summer. The fact that Casemiro has a non-EU passport is also an obstacle for him to stay. Real have targeted a few non-European players and they will have to let Casemiro, James Rodriguez or Danilo go to make room for a new one.
7. Jese Rodriguez
The Los Blancos Academy product was seen as the next Cristiano Ronaldo when he first joined the first team, but hasn’t developed into the player everyone expected him to become. He is a talented footballer who could have a leading role at any other club, and he will surely receive many offers next summer. Liverpool, Arsenal and Inter Milan have already shown their interest. The 23-year-old could be seduced by the idea of going to a team where he can be a guaranteed starter. If Zidane wants to keep him, he will have to convince him.
Having recently turned 33 years old, the Portugal defender is reaching the end of his career. He has put in some great performances this season, but Los Blancos directors have doubts over his physical fitness, especially given the injury problems he has suffered. Real Madrid are expected to bring in a world-class centre-back next season and that could force Pepe’s exit. However, the defender is a leader in the dressing room and Zidane might choose to keep him for his experience.
5. Toni Kroos
The Germany international will be tempted to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, as he is expected to receive offers from Manchester City and Chelsea among others. If Florentino Perez succeeds in bringing Paul Pogba or Marco Verratti, Kroos’ role as a guaranteed starter would be in jeopardy. Thus, the 26-year-old could consider a move out of the Santiago Bernabeu.
4. James Rodriguez
The Colombian has become the main target of the fans’ criticism and he’s going through a tough time. His performances this season have been far from expected and his behaviour outside the field hasn’t been correct. He is unhappy at the club after becoming a regular substitute. Thus, he could seek for a move out in the summer. Manchester United have shown a great interest and Zidane would be opened to letting him go should they receive a good offer.
In the past few games, the Spanish playmaker has been spending more time on the bench than he could have expected. Zidane trusted him from the moment he arrived at the first team, but it seems like his performances have not been good enough. Many fans feel that Isco is not consistent enough and would like the president to look for a replacement. On the other hand, being one of the few Spanish players in the starting eleven has made him loved and appreciated, so there will be many who would completely oppose to seeing him go. Manchester City and Arsenal will surely keep trying to seduce the 23-year-old.
2. Sergio Ramos
Sources in Spain have claimed that the Spaniard is looking for a change in his career and is ready to consider offers to leave the Santiago Bernabeu. This would be a great loss for Los Blancos, so both Florentino Perez and Zidane are expected to fight hard to keep the Los Blancos captain. Manchester United are very interested in signing the defender, and they would offer him far more than what he earns at Real. However, it seems highly unlikely that they can pay an amount that can please Perez.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
The Portugal international has recently turned 31 years old and many believe it is time to sell him now that Madrid can still get a good amount of money. Ronaldo is still playing at a great level, but he is nearing the end of his career. If Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester United come next summer with more than 80 million euros in a bag, Perez should really consider selling. There are plenty of rumours over the arrival of a world-class star, such as Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann, but that will not happen unless Ronaldo leaves.