Real Madrid face a crucial summer transfer window, as this could be the last time they are allowed to sign until 2018. The FIFA transfer ban threat is a big concern for Florentino Perez, as Los Blancos could be forbidden to sign players during 2017.
Thus, Los Merengues need to plan their squad for the next two years and sign all the players they need next summer, and also sell those who won’t take part in this new era.
According to the latest Real Madrid transfer news, Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez have already started planning an overhaul, and their main doubt is whether to keep Cristiano Ronaldo or let him go. The fans are divided on this matter, but most would probably agree to sell if Los Blancos receive a good offer.
Here are the main reasons why Real Madrid should sell Ronaldo:
1. He is 31 years old. Ronaldo’s physical condition is amazing, and he could probably keep performing at the highest level for a couple of years more. But, let’s face it, from now on, he will become slower, he could have more injury problems, and he won’t be able to dribble defenders so easily. The Portuguese has given Real Madrid his best years, and Perez should be clever to sell him before those days are over.
2. Recover the investment. Ronaldo is completing a great season and that has caused that his market value is still pretty high. Should Real Madrid sell now, they could probably recover most of the money they paid for him. Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have shown an interest and they would surely pay at least 80 million euros, which would be enough for signing a decent replacement for the forward, one much younger and with a bright future ahead.
3. Sell him now, or keep him until 2018. If the transfer ban is confirmed, Real won’t be able to let any players go until January 2018, since they won’t be allowed to sign a replacement. If Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance drops during 2017, that will be a big problem for Los Merengues.
4. Don’t repeat the Raul and Casillas situations. The Portugal international has a strong personality and he will not accept to be benched if he is in a poor state of shape, or simply not enough to be a starter at Real Madrid. The same thing happened with Raul and Casillas, who were guaranteed starters for a time despite their poor fitness. And when the manager finally had the courage to bench them, it caused a big conflict. Imagine Zidane deciding to leave Ronaldo on the bench? Spain could have their second Civil War.
5. Change the style of play once and for all. Real Madrid have been criticised for their direct style of play, which is not possession based and relies too much on players being selfish rather than playing as a team. That will not change until Ronaldo leaves, because the Portugal international is that type of player that always shoots, even when assisting a team-mate is clearly the best option. Letting Ronaldo go would allow Zidane to established a new style based on solidarity and passing.