News of striker Gonzalo Higuain’s imminent departure from Real Madrid may have kicked off a series of changes at the Bernabeu.
The Argentinian is second in scoring with 13 La Liga goals this year, but club officials reportedly have plans to sell Higuain off to the Premier League, according to The Daily Mail.
With Higuain’s fate all but decided, Madrid is reportedly exploring options to bring in Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, Sevilla’s Geoffrey Kondogbia, and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, according to a report from Marca.
Tottenham, Arsenal, and Manchester City look like the top landing spots for Higuain, with Spurs being the most interesting of the clubs, due to the sought-after winger Bale.
The Welshman has electrified White Hart Lane with his dazzling heroics this season, and is third in the Premier League with 19 goals. Marca pointed to Bale’s diversity on the pitch as one of the qualities that has caught the attention of Madrid officials.
Earlier this week, Madrid sporting director Zinedine Zidane warned that an expensive transfer fee won’t deter Los Blancos or the handful of teams that want Bale on their side.
"Tottenham could command £40million, £50m, maybe even £60m for him. It is a lot of money - but there are maybe three or four teams in the world that can pay that sort of transfer fee - and it won't put them off,” he said, according to the Mirror. "A player like Bale can be the difference between a big club winning the league or Champions League."
Kondogbia could add some much-needed depth to the Madrid defensive midfield, but the French star may need more time to develop. He has made 18 league appearances for Sevilla this year, after 12 total appearances in his previous two seasons in France.
Los Blancos showed interest in Verratti back in March, as did Liverpool and Manchester United. His first season in Ligue 1 has proven fruitful for the 20-year-old, whose 26 club appearances have provided much needed experience. Originally from Italy, Verrati has four assists, and has only attempted one shot for PSG this year.
Combined, the young duo could cost Madrid 15 million, with Verrati’s value pegged at £10 million.