Gareth Bale
Real Madrid could well have to make Gareth Bale the world's most expensive player in order to secure his signature this summer. Reuters

Real Madrid are currently in flux. The famed La Liga giants are without a manager and have some notable names that appear to be on their way out of the Bernabeu following a disappointing season in which a star-studded side failed to capture a trophy.

Reinforcements might be on the way for the world’s biggest club with three prominent players linked to Real Madrid this week. The most promising is arguably Gareth Bale, the burgeoning Tottenham forward. The 23-year-old Welshman has been mentioned in connection with a world-record bid of £85 million by the Times. Spurs may have no choice but to accept such a lucrative offer and would probably prefer to make such a deal to a club outside their league as opposed to bolstering other Premier League suitors Manchester United and Manchester City.

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez continues to be a prime candidate to be moved to Real Madrid. Daily Mail reported that Los Merengues and their local rivals Atletico Madrid are considering bidding for the Uruguayan, whose days at Anfield appear to be numbered following his recent comments about wanting to leave the media glare in England.

The Daily Mail also reported that Real Madrid have shown interest in Suarez’s countryman Edinson Cavani. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has put a price tag of £54 million on Cavani, according to Spanish publication Marca. That figure for the 26-year-old is certainly discouraging, especially when you consider that highly rated striker Radamel Falcao moved to Monaco for £50 million. Real Madrid are a club with deep pockets, and their funds are likely to be boosted by the seemingly inevitable exit of current striker Gonzalo Higuain.

The Argentina forward’s father said that the 25-year-old wants out of Madrid after the club broke off contract negotiations last year, according to Spanish publication AS. Higuain has been linked to Juventus and Arsenal and is valued at roughly £25 million.

Los Blancos may also lose their most prized center back. Based on a report in the Express, Manchester City may offer £21 million for Pepe. Pepe lost his place in the side to impressive young Frenchman Raphael Varane in the second half of last season and Real Madrid may decide to cash in on the 30-year-old.

Madrid’s wage bill could be trimmed further with TuttoSport reporting that AC Milan are considering bringing Kaka back to the Italian club. The 31-year-old was used sparingly by former manager Jose Mourinho, but that could potentially change with Madrid expected to appoint Carlo Ancelotti as their next boss. The Italian took charge of Kaka for the best years of his career at Milan.