Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and manager Zinedine Zidane have reportedly drawn up a list of 10 players they want to sell in the summer amid a complete overhaul of the squad, and at the top is Cristiano Ronaldo.
That's according to Sport, which reported the president "has said enough" and that the other players he and Zidane "want out" include captain Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Isco, James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos. Alvaro Arbeloa, Danilo, Casemiro and Jese Rodriguez.
Per the report, following their derby defeat to Atletico Madrid on Saturday, Zidane said there will "be changes" this summer and criticised his squad for "lacking attitude" on Tuesday.
Football journalist Dermot Corrigan relayed Zidane's words after the Atleti defeat:
Zidane: "Next year there might be changes, players and coach. But for now we must keep going as we have something to aim for."— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) February 27, 2016
Zidane also pretty clear that the summer should bring big changes at Madrid - with squad shake-up and his own future unclear.— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) February 28, 2016
La Liga writer Andrew Gaffney also believes Real need an overhaul of personnel in the summer and included Ronaldo among those who should be moved on:
This summer should see a major overhaul of the squad. A new era is needed. Perez should go too, but he won't.— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) February 27, 2016
@therealbozz Are you asking me who they should sell? For me: Cristiano, Isco, Pepe, Danilo.— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) February 27, 2016
Per Sport's report, the Portugal international and Ramos are aiming to leave anyway as they are "conscious their growth at Madrid has ended." Indeed, according to journalist Pipi Estrada's report on Spanish television show El Chiringuito (h/t Goal's Chris Davie), they handed in transfer requests after Saturday's defeat.
That said, Perez would reportedly only allow Ronaldo to leave for €60 million and Ramos for €20-25 million.
Pepe and Arbeloa are also reportedly willing to depart the Bernabeu, with the others to be moved on either as a result of underperforming or simply to free up space and funds for new arrivals.
As Gaffney noted, Los Blancos' top performers were once again anonymous against Atletico on Saturday:
Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, 1-0.— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) February 27, 2016
A moment of magic from Griezmann the difference while Real's magic men disappeared.
Indeed, their biggest players' failure to perform in the biggest games has been a symptom of their disappointing season.
In five games with Atleti, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona this term, Real have won just once and scored two goals—a record that appears all the poorer when put in the context of how well they've fared against lesser sides, having scored 95 goals in La Liga and the Champions League all told.
Real have also somewhat struggled defensively this season, as revealed by MisterChip:
LEV 1-2 RMA (Deyverson 39') - Real Madrid has kept just 3 clean sheets in their 19 last La Liga games— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping) March 2, 2016
Though their biggest stars will have no shortage of suitors if they're available to buy in the summer, it's unlikely Real could or would move on all 10 in a single window—particularly with a transfer ban looming, as they wouldn't want to leave themselves short.
What do Real need in the summer?
With their forwards unable to match the effectiveness of their Barcelona counterparts in key games and their defence nowhere near as solid as Atleti's—Los Rojiblancos have shipped just 11 goals in 27 league matches this season—it's clear an overhaul of the team is needed.
Each has much he could add to Real—though there is something of a question mark over Hazard after his poor campaign—and it's certainly conceivable Los Blancos could bring in one or two of them in the summer.