With shock reports from AS that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is pushing for a transfer at the end of this season, it could be time for president Florentino Perez to get his chequebook out.
The Portugal international will be a near-impossible act to follow at the Bernabeu, but there are still plenty of big names out there who could soften the blow of his departure.
Real are known for their spending power and have long brought in the world’s biggest names, including Ronaldo himself when he joined from Manchester United in 2009 for what was then a world-record £80million fee, as reported by BBC Sport.
So who could be the next to follow in his footsteps? Here’s our recommendation for six players who could be up to the job and who may be realistic targets given recent links with Madrid anyway…
Don Balon recently claimed that Ronaldo was left stunned by Madrid’s eye-watering plans to spend a total of €500million on Neymar’s transfer fee and wages.
The Brazil international is one of the biggest names in world football and would be of the calibre required to take on such an important role at one of the world’s most prestigious clubs.
Another report from Don Balon claimed Neymar was keen on the move to the Bernabeu if he fails to win the Ballon d’Or in the next two seasons with PSG, though he hit out at speculation over his future in an interview last week.
Sky Sports also quoted Sergio…