Real Madrid are reportedly ready to sell six members of their first-team squad this summer as they embark on a major transition ahead of next season.
The LaLiga giants remain in contention for their top two prizes this term, with the domestic title still in their sights as well as the Champions League after their quarter-final first-leg victory over Liverpool. However, the absence of a genuine superstar being on their books – after they let Cristiano Ronaldo leave – has left them craving some big-name signings.
However, to fund those deals Real would have to offload a number of stars first. And a report in the Daily Mirror has listed six names who are set to be moved on.
Los Blancos are also operating under a cloud of uncertainty as boss Zinedine Zidane’s contract also winds down.
His future beyond this summer is unknown. But that does not alter the fact that Real need to sell before they can buy, after being hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Here are the six names on the chopping block, as stated by the Mirror…
The Belgian playmaker has had a nightmare two years at the Bernabeu after his £89m move from Chelsea.
The 30-year-old has scored just for times for Real and has been beset by injury issues in Madrid.
At this stage, it’s hard to believe that a top European club would take a chance on Hazard – given his fitness issues.
That is likely to leave a move to either China or America as his main options, if Real do indeed cash in.
The Mirror believes this would be a transfer that Real could be forced into, rather than chose to make.
Vasquez’s contract is up in the summer and there is no sign yet that he will sign a new deal.
That has led to strong links to both Manchester United and Chelsea for a player who can play at right-back or on the right wing.
The 29-year-old, who has been linked with Bayern Munich, impressed in Real’s win over Liverpool on Tuesday night.
The attacking midfielder played a key role in Zidane’s first stint as Real Madrid boss. However, this time around he has found first-team chances much harder to come by.
Aged just 28, Isco is in his peak and has been continually linked with a move to the Premier League.
Real would expect to make a profit on the €30m they spent on the former Malaga man, however.
The Norway midfielder has made a big impact on loan at Arsenal this season, with the Gunners keen to keep him.
However, the player himself still feels he has the ability to make it as a regular in Madrid.
A whopping €300m release clause puts a major spanner in the works for any interested clubs. That would clearly have to be lowered for any suitors to do business.
The Serbian arrived shortly before Hazard and, like the Belgian, has struggled to adapt to LaLiga.
Jovic formed a prolific partnership with Sebastien Haller at Frankfurt and returned to the German club on loan this term.
However, Frankfurt would be unable to match the fee they received for Jovic, so any departure will require Madrid dropping his asking price.
Another Arsenal loanee whose future remains uncertain in the Spanish capital.
Ceballos hasn’t quite made the same impact as Odegaard in north London. To that end, Real are more likely to part ways with him than the latter.
The fact that Ceballos has been loaned out for a second successive season appears to suggest the 24-year-old has no future at the Bernabeu.
Of the two players currently at Arsenal, it’s more likely that the Gunners try seal a permanent Odegaard deal than one for Ceballos.