Bernabeu side look set to welcome new breed of Galaticos.
Real Madrid are ready to press on with efforts to bring in a quartet of ‘Marquee’ signings as they set about next tranche of Galaticos.
Re-elected president Florentino Perez has been given the green light to invest heavily in new talent, with a large portion of the funds needed to bring in the players the Bernabeu side have earmarked being covered by sales of outgoing stars.
Having seen their La Liga title wrestled back by Barcelona and suffered defeat at the hands of city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final the Spanish giants are keen to appease their fanbase and plan for the future, with Carlo Ancelotti likely to be entrusted with the job of helping Real Madrid to mount the charge for major honours with the pursuit of a first Champions League title since 2002 thought to be the club’s chief target.
With this in mind Perez and the club’s technical team have drawn up a list of four prime target Real Madrid hope to sign this summer.
Real Madrid will look to beat Man City in the race to sign Spanish international starlet Isco with Perez ready to make a big that will trigger the Malaga youngster’s release clause, said to stand at around £30m. Though there is growing speculation that the goal-scoring midfielder could follow Manuel Pellegrini to the Etihad Stadium the La Liga side are confident they can lure the 21 year old to the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid will similarly look to beat Man City to the punch in pursuit of Napoli ace Edinson Cavani and are willing to fork out up to £55m to bring the Serie A goal machine to Spain.
The 26 year old is said to favour a move to La Liga over a possible Premier League switch and Real Madrid are looking to Cavani to form part of the Bernabeu side’s new-look attack.
The former Palermo man has scored 104 goals in three seasons at the San Paolo and appears very likely to leave the Naples club this summer.
Perez will not let up in his pursuit of Tottenham winger Gareth Bale and is confident that he can lure the Welsh international to Real Madrid this summer. He will hope that the constant push to show their interest in the attacker will tempt the 23 year old into pushing for a White Hart Lane exit.
Real Madrid believe that a bid of £75m will be impossible for Daniel Levy to turn down and having previously worn down the Spurs chairman, in their move to sign Luka Modric, they believe they can repeat the trick.
Florentino Perez hopes to pair Cavani with his Uruguayan national team colleague Luis Suarez, who has repeatedly stated his interest in joining Real Madrid this summer. The Liverpool forward has publicly announced his wish to leave Anfield and though the Merseyside club will be loathed to lose their most effective attacking weapon they will also not want to be left with an unhappy player by the time the transfer window slams shut.
Liverpool will demand at least £40m for the 26 year old striker and that’s a fee that Real Madrid will be willing to pay, though will look to tempt Brendan Rodgers into accepting a player plus cash deal, with Jose Callejon and Alvaro Morata both being linked as possible makeweights in the deal.
In order to meet the cost of signing this quartet, who will set Real Madrid back £200m in transfer fees alone, Perez is said to be ready to consider the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo, among other big-name exits.
Ronaldo has publicly stated that moves to tie him down to a new Real Madrid contract are non-existent and with just two years to run on his current deal there is a real fear that the Portuguese international will look to run down the clock and leave on a free transfer, and in the process pocketing a massive signing fee from any club that comes calling in the summer of 2015.
Though Perez wouldn’t choose to sell the club’s star performer, let alone one who has netted an phenomenal 201 goals in 199 appearances, he may feel that he has no choice given the player’s approach to contract negotiations.
One way the Real Madrid president can minimise the back-lash of such a sale is to bring in big name replacements in abundance, hence his long running interest in Gareth Bale.
With this in mind Perez is likely to accept offers of £80m and above for Ronaldo and will look to balance the books ahead of his push for the four aforementioned talents by selling Gonzalo Higuain, Fabio Coentrao and Angel Di Maria whilst considering the possibility of selling Karim Benzema if his move for to bring in Higuain & Suarez is successful.
It promises to be a busy summer at the Spanish capital club.