By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Despite being defending champions of La Liga, Real Madrid have struggled to win an extended run of games this season and find themselves 11 points off the mark set by league-leading Barcelona.
With Real president Florentina Perez desperate for the club not to hand the league title back to their Catalan rivals, Marca reports that he has approved an upheaval in January to remove dead weight and bring in fresh talent to salvage their championship defence. Although sources close to Perez have refused to reveal the names of the players facing the axe, they have confirmed that all seven of them are experienced members of the senior squad.
The funds obtained from the sales of these players will be used to bolster manager Jose Mourinho's transfer chest, with club officials eyeing a trio of star attackers, namely Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao, Santos' Neymar and Tottenham's Gareth Bale. Nevertheless, as teams are generally unwilling to part with their best men in the middle of the season, the Real board are expected to pick just one of these players and put together a large enough offer to secure their target.
Sources in Madrid have revealed that the club are willing to pay as much as 70 million Euros for Neymar and Bale, but expect to obtain Falcao's signature for no more than 60 million Euros.