GARETH BALE will reportedly be one of the first players to leave Real Madrid this summer as Zinedine Zidane tries to overhaul his squad.
The Welshman looks destined to leave the Bernabeu with Karim Benzema likely to stay on.
Los Blancos are ready to part ways with Bale in order to raise funds for new players, according to Spanish media outlet AS.
James Rodríguez, Lucas Vázquez, Mariano Díaz, Álvaro Odriozola, Alphonse Areola and Nacho Fernández are also said to be part of the planned exodus.
But Benzema, who is said to be close to signing a new contract, will reportedly be sticking around.
The LaLiga giants are aware they may not be able to offload all of the listed stars but they are hoping to raise around £105million for the ones they can sell.
Colombian Rodriguez was sent out on loan to German giant Bayern Munich, while Bale has been continually linked with a return to the Premier League.
Rodriguez flourished in the Bundesliga, even admitting he wanted to remain there.
Meanwhile, Manchester United have consistently been linked with bringing Bale back to England, however it's understood Jadon Sancho is now their preferred choice.
Although transfer costs will likely be reduced in light of the coronavirus outbreak, interested clubs know the Spanish giants will still demand a large fee.
Bale's current contract does not come to an end until 2022.
He currently earns around £600,000-per-week at Los Blancos, after tax.
But Zidane may be disappointed after Bale's agent, Jonathan Barnett said: "Gareth loves Madrid and the city, his history at Real will end with another Champions League and perhaps another contract.''
Rodriguez on the other hand only has one year left and it is likely he could be signed for a fraction of what Real paid for him after the 2014 World Cup.
Zidane is lining up a complete overhaul as he hopes to get his side ready to challenge for the Champions League.
Things have not gone as the Frenchman would have liked, since they got their third consecutive European title in 2018.
Borussia Dortmund's teen sensation Erling Haaland, is another name on Zidane's wanted list as he prepares for Benzema's eventual departure.
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