Real Madrid have enjoyed great success in recent years, but as with any successful club, one cycle will eventually end and another must begin.
That is arguably where they’ll find themselves sooner rather than later, with Gareth Bale continuing to struggle with injuries while at 32 years of age, Cristiano Ronaldo could start to show signs of decline in the coming years.
In fact, compared to his incredibly high standards in the last few seasons, scoring just seven goals and providing one assist in 10 games so far this season will be a disappointment for him as he has certainly not been at his best.
In turn, it makes sense that Real are planning for the long-term future, with replacements being eyed for the Portuguese international.
According to Diario Gol, as reported by The Mirror, Goncalo Guedes, Lincoln and Alan Souza of PSG, Gremio and Palmeiras respectively are all being considered, as president Florentino Perez eyes a move for a lesser known starlet as he hopes the club can develop a young player into their next big thing.
Naturally, they will also potentially have to bring in an established star to ensure that there isn’t a lack of world-class quality in the side to maintain their standing in Europe, with Juventus forward Paulo Dybala put forward as a target too.
However, while they could look to find a successor for Ronaldo, it’s also noted that Bale could leave next summer as he hasn’t adapted to life in the Spanish capital particularly well, as per the report, while his ongoing injury problems won’t be helping his cause either.
Following his first two seasons in Spain where he made 44 and 48 appearances respectively, injuries have held him back since. He played in 31 games in the 2015/16 campaign and was limited to just 27 last season, and so the trend isn’t going to reflect well on him.
Ultimately, it’s a sensible plan from Los Blancos to be considering the future now to ensure that they can at least come close to maintaining the level of success that they’ve enjoyed for so many years.
Ronaldo can only continue to deliver for so long, and so rather than being left with a gap to fill when his form really dips, bringing in a young player who can learn and train alongside him would be a very smart idea.