Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale fates to determine Real Madrid summer plans

Almost immediately after Real Madrid won their fourth Champions League in five years by beating Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev on Saturday, the rumour mill starting churning about two of their biggest stars: Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

It seems like it will be an extra busy summer of transfer action (or at least speculation) at the Bernabeu, though the last few days have seen Ronaldo and his camp take a step back from the statement that a major announcement was due on his future in the coming days. Meanwhile, Bale's people have also been keeping quiet, although his intentions remain uncertain, to say the least.

If Bale leaves

Of the two, a Bale departure looks more likely at this point. The Wales international's relationship with coach Zinedine Zidane has clearly suffered some damage, and the Frenchman admitted he understood that the winger would be considering his options after being left out of the XI for the final. Though what an impact he made off the bench!

Real Madrid would likely generate around €80m in transfer fee, while freeing up €140m (more or less) in salary over the next four years. It would have the added bonus of more starting time next season for emerging attacking star Marco Asensio, allowing the money could be reinvested elsewhere in the squad.

A new goalkeeper is definitely a priority for this summer and the Bale cash could mean this is finally the year when David De Gea arrives from Manchester United.

If Ronaldo leaves

Ronaldo leaving would be a shock of another magnitude -- both on and off the pitch. The Portuguese's guaranteed 40-plus goals a season would obviously be missed, but the impact to Madrid's internal marketing and external commercial partnerships would be just as huge.

The only possible potential replacement on these two counts is Neymar, with the Paris Saint Germain star sharing Ronaldo's mix of footballing talent and commercial magnetism.

Perez has known this for a long time, hence the determination to keep dealing with Neymar Sr. even after being burnt on so many occasions in the past.

PSG would surely fight to keep their franchise star, and the saga would drag on all summer, but a new world record transfer fee seems a likely final result as Madrid would have no option but to get the former Barcelona man on board. The next Clasico would certainly be interesting.

posted by: john_p2014 3 years ago
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