Real Madrid are expected to make some huge waves in the transfer window this summer and Zinedine Zidane’s squad could have such a different look to it with 14 players set to be up for sale.
Zinedine Zidane walking back into Real Madrid earlier this year must have been shocked and disgusted to see what had become of the team that he’d led to three Champions League titles in a row, before leaving last summer.
In fairness the Frenchman might not actually have been that surprised because there’s every possibility he realised the team’s winning cycle was over and that why he decided to bow out.
Julen Lopetegui wasn’t given many new players last summer and never replaced Cristiano Ronaldo, whilst Santiago Solari didn’t turn things around at all.
So back came Zidane with fire blanket in hand and now with the chance to rebuild the team, reportedly with a huge transfer kitty to spend.
However before the World Cup winner can splash the cash he may need to make room in his squad and according to reports he’ll make a lot of it.
Marca report that up to 14 players could leave the Bernabeu this summer. Keylor Navas, Jesus Vallejo, Theo Hernandez, Sergio Reguilon, Dani Ceballos, Marcos Llorente, Mateo Kovacic, James Rodriguez, Martin Odegaard, Oscar Rodriguez, Gareth Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Brahim Diaz and Mariano Diaz could all be out the door.
Keylor Navas is the most surprising name on the list as the manager has always been a fan of his and turned down the chance to sign Kepa 18 months ago, before the Spaniard eventually moved to Chelsea.
Another surprise on the list if former Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz who only left the Etihad in January in search for more first team football, perhaps Real wasn’t the smartest choice.
Bale is the highest profile name on the list of players to be sold. Image: PA Images
The paper have also named players they expect Real to add to the squad, along with Eder Militao and Rodrygo who have already agreed moves, with Ferland Mendy, Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic expected to join.
Los Blancos will also likely add a midfielder to their ranks with one of Paul Pogba, Christian Eriksen and Donny van der Beek thought to be moving to the Bernabeu.
Who will be in Real’s team next season?