It appears increasingly likely that Real Madrid will be involved in negotiations with multiple Premier League clubs for the sales of players this summer.
Once a plethora of loanees return to the Spanish capital this summer, there will be 37 players in Zinedine Zidane’s first-team squad.
There are multiple star names on large wage packets that do not feature in the Frenchman’s plans, while many talented younger players will also need to be moved on.
The Premier League appears the most likely destination for many due to the financial clout it carries.
We take a look at five players who could be swapping Madrid for England this summer…
1. Gareth Bale
Already well known among British football fans due to his exploits for Tottenham Hotspur before his move to the Spanish capital in 2013 and being the talisman for the Welsh national team.
Earlier this month, Bale was named as the wealthiest young sports star registered in the UK in the Sunday Times Rich List – in large part due to his £350k weekly wage packet (via The Guardian) at Madrid.
That is mainly why Los Blancos may be keen to sell the Welshman this summer as they seek to reduce their wage outgoings.
Bale remained at Madrid beyond the January transfer window despite reports linking him with a return to Tottenham, while a transfer to China also reportedly collapsed last summer.
The forward has only scored two goals in La Liga this season and none since the 2-2 draw at Villarreal in early September while Newcastle United are said to be keen on a move should their Saudi-backed takeover be processed this summer.
2. Brahim Diaz
The playmaker joined Madrid in a deal worth a reported £13million in January 2019 but has started just one game this season and played only 23 minutes of league action.
Diaz featured in 11 matches in the second half of last season – starting four of the last five – hinting that he had a bright future under Zinedine Zidane, but that has not panned out.
He is said to have rejected a number of opportunities for first-team football elsewhere in La Liga including Getafe and Alaves, but his Madrid future is once again set to be in the spotlight this year.
Aged just 20, the Spanish youth international spent three years at Manchester City and even made five league substitute appearances in the 2017/18 title win.
Already familiar with English football, the talented midfielder could be a bargain signing this summer.
3. Dani Ceballos
The central midfielder has been on a season-long loan deal at Arsenal this season, where he has shown plenty of glimpses of his promise if not quite lived up to his full potential.
The Spaniard has a rather fractious relationship with Zidane and started just four La Liga games under the Frenchman in their one full season (2017/18) together.
He was afforded more opportunities under both Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari but his future in the Spanish capital appears bleak while Zidane remains at the helm.
Arsenal will surely be interested in either making their deal permanent or, more probably due to the economic reality, extending the loan arrangement by a further 12 months.
Former club Real Betis and Valencia are also said to hold an interest in his signature.
Ceballos is prioritising first-team football next season to afford him the best opportunity for a spot in the Spain squad for next summer’s European Championships.
4. James Rodriguez
The Colombian playmaker has started just four La Liga games for the club this season and has not featured in a single minute of league action since October’s shock defeat at Real Mallorca.
Like Bale, the former Monaco and Porto playmaker commands a sizable wage packet in Madrid but does not seem to play any part at all in Zidane’s plans.
Rodriguez netted 15 goals and provided 20 assists in 67 games for Bayern Munich on a two-year loan between 2017 and 2019 as he showed glimpses of the supreme talent that saw him rise to prominence at the 2014 World Cup.
A report from AS claimed Manchester United, Everton, Juventus and Napoli were all among the clubs interested, with Mundo Deportivo claiming his asking price would be in the region of £36m.
Everton’s hopes are pinned on the role of Carlo Ancelotti – who coached the player at both Madrid and Bayern, with the two sharing a close relationship.
5. Luka Jovic
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