It's all change at Real Madrid this summer despite finally hauling in their 10th UEFA Champions League—"La Decima," as they so obsessively referred to it.
The forward combination of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo ("the BBC") tore defences to shreds en route to 28 goals in 11 games, per WhoScored.com, but that's not enough for Florentino Perez.
According to Spanish daily AS, James Rodriguez is close to a move to the Bernabeu after agreeing personal terms with the Galacticos and Angel Di Maria could be shipped to Paris Saint-Germain. Toni Kroos has been unveiled as a £20 million signing and struck all the right chords thus far.
The subject of Sami Khedira is a hot one in the capital, as the German may or may not make a high-price move to Arsenal this summer, per Sky Sports, on the back of a great 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign.
If you thought the attacking talent at Real Madrid was strong last season, think again: This time around it's looking beyond stacked.
To have Luka Modric, Xabi Alonso, Isco, Khedira, Asier Illarramendi already and then add Kroos and James to that group is remarkable. Benzema, Bale and Ronaldo continue as first-choice up front, and Jese and Alvaro Morata bring up the rear.
Perez is attempting to build a dynasty as dominant as the Barcelona one just passed, but instead of developing a consistent playing philosophy, he's staying true to his "star-name" marketing model—only pursuing the names he wants in more aggressive fashion than ever before.
That's the only explanation for his overloading of attacking midfielders and forwards, but he needs to be careful not to tip the balance of the scales too far. The midfield numbers are overwhelming but workable in a 55-game season, but there are other areas which are not.
Striker is one of those, and Perez must be careful not to upset Benzema any further after the Frenchman's incredible 2013-14 season.
He's the glue that holds it all together up front, linking play, sparking counterattacks, recycling possession and threading through balls. He's a bit of a nine-and-a-half—similar to Robin van Persie's first season at Manchester United—and does a great job despite the Bernabeu crowd not quite taking to him.
You can guarantee Perez will want Radamel Falcao this summer, with Goal.com confirming as much earlier in the month, but Real Madrid will walk the tight rope between team and "collection of individuals" very soon should the recruitment spree continue.
The setup and formation for the next season, as yet, is unclear; it could be 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1 or a 4-4-2. The possibilities with this squad are endless.
But the most important structure to nail is the chemistry, like Carlo Ancelotti did last season, if they are to repeat the successes of 2014. Benzema is central and key to this and will stitch the team together far, far better than Falcao could.