Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is reportedly preparing to trigger a revolution at the club, as he plans to sell a number of players in a "major summer clear-out."
Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Sergio Ramos are also expected to be shown the door as Perez welcomes a new era at the Bernabeu. Denis Cheryshev, Isco, Keylor Navas and Jese Rodriguez will also be surplus to requirements, while Alvaro Arbeloa will not be retained when his current deal expires, per Fichajes.
United coach Louis van Gaal has admitted he wants to add firepower to his attack, and he will scour the market for applicable talents.
Jamie Jackson of the Guardian quoted LvG confirming his intentions: “It [a lack of goals] can be solved with money but also on the training pitch. Scoring goals is a quality. We have that quality but at this moment there is a lack of confidence at the right time or we need to buy another striker. It is always like that."
Ronaldo continues to be the alpha male at Los Blancos, but the emergence of Gareth Bale from his shadow is apparent this season.
Bale appeared to have dramatically rescued a win against Valencia on Sunday night with a brilliantly executed header—in true Ronaldo fashion—but Madrid were immediately hauled back to 2-2.
The former United winger is less of a creative force in modern times, compared to his younger years in a Red Devils shirt. However, his goalscoring escapades make him perfect for United at present, scoring 25 goals in only 24 appearances in La Liga and the Champions League this term, according to WhoScored.com.
The sale of Sergio Ramos would be the biggest shock of all, after Madrid went to great lengths to retain the defender in the summer.
The Press Association (via the Guardian) reported the Spain international signed a five-year deal with Real in August, with the player commenting in depth:
I know this renewal has taken a while but my heart and head have always been with Real Madrid so I couldn’t be happier. I’ve never spoken about my renewal. With a contract that had two years to go, whatever the press want to say I respect but the reality is a bit different.
My idea was to always be here and I always wanted to retire here if the president would allow it, and I’m thankful I have a new challenge to be the captain of this team. The priority is always Real Madrid, keeping our fans happy and winning titles.
I’m being honest I never said I wanted to leave, I was quiet. I never said anything out of respect for my team-mates and the president, I never rang the office to ask for more money. I’m just very happy that I have renewed and I want to stay here for the rest of my career.
Ramos was heavily linked with a switch to United, per the Press Association, and the rumour is likely to be rekindled if Madrid wish to attract bids for their captain.
The player's latest deal will ensure Perez can fetch a hefty price for the talent, who is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the world.
Here is a video displaying Ramos' skill set:
Madrid currently look like a team with no current direction, and their compass is broken—in terms of their philosophy and playing style.
Is Perez ready to sell Ronaldo and Ramos?
Benitez was a strange appointment, despite having links with the club in the past, and his failures will illuminate the issues at the Bernabeu.
Ronaldo is ready for one last major move in his career, and at his current age of 30, time is running out.
If the Portuguese icon is to hand the baton on to Bale in 2016, the former Tottenham Hotspur player is currently doing a great job of auditioning for the starring role in the Spanish capital.