Real Madrid ready to sell seven stars: Man United & Chelsea battle for £110m Bernabeu pair
Real Madrid’s celebrations after becoming the first team to successfully defend the Champions League in the modern era have only just died down, but already Zinedine Zidane is plotting for next season, with as many as seven players set for the Santiago Bernabeu exit door.
Los Blancos overcame Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff on Saturday night, providing the perfect ending to a great season at the Santiago Bernabeu. In his first full season in charge, Zidane, a former Real player, has won two European titles and ended the club’s five-year wait for a league triumph.
Many players have been linked with moves to the Spanish capital, but space must be made in the squad to accommodate them. According to the Mirror, Manchester United and Chelsea are looking to profit from the mass clear out by targeting moves for Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez.
United are said to have had a £52million offer for Morata knocked back already, while speculation also suggested they had been offered James by Real. Both players are looking to leave after being starved of regular first team action by Zidane, but Chelsea are also keen to sign them.
Morata, 24, has links with both the managers at United and Chelsea, having worked with Jose Mourinho in his first spell at the Santiago Bernabeu and later Antonio Conte at Juventus. Either club could be an option as they search for attacking options this summer.
Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be set to leave Old Trafford this summer, and while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Antoine Griezmann have previously been linked as targets, it appears Mourinho wants to reunite with Morata.
Conte could lose Diego Costa this summer, amid interest from his former club Atletico Madrid, a side in China and AC Milan too. Former striker Romelu Lukaku is also a potential target, having stated his desire to leave Everton, but he could cost as much as £100million.
As for James, he needs a move to reignite his promising career. The Colombian joined Real after impressing at the 2014 World Cup in a staggwering £73million deal from Monaco, but after a promising first season in Spain, his loss of form and confidence and issues with fitness have cost him badly.
Moving to the Premier League could be an ideal situation for him over the next few months, especially with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard being linked with a mega-move to the European Champions.