Florentino Perez risks wrath of Cristiano Ronaldo with huge threat
The Real Madrid chief has apparently drawn up a list of 10 players which he wishes to offload this summer in a bid to put the nightmare season to bed.
And a number of key players are said to fear being shoved out of the Bernabeu door.
According to Spanish outlet Diario Gol, Perez wants to move Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema onto pastures new.
But that could completely upset the harmony of the team and in particular Cristiano Ronaldo – who enjoyed unrivalled success as a trio helped win back-to-back Champions Leagues in 2016 and 2017.
Perez is said to want Bale gone because of his repetitive injuries, while Benzema has only netted three league goals all season.
However, the president will have to reinvest in his squad to provide Ronaldo with other partners, and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar is thought to be his top target.
Keylor Navas is another that is expected to be shipped out – David De Gea or Thibaut Courtois are touted as his successor.
Isco has struggled to impress when given the chance and he will be also be one of the first heading out.
The futures of Raphael Varane and Mateo Kovacic are up in the air and could be moved on to make room for new signings.
Meanwhile, several fringe players are also said to be on the transfer list.
Marcos Llorente, Jesus Vallejo, Achraf and Borja Mayoral should leave this summer.