Real Madrid reportedly plan to negotiate extensions with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Isco, Pepe and Jese Rodriguez in the near future.
According to AS, Ronaldo – who claimed on Friday that he would stay at Madrid beyond the age of 40 – has agreed terms on a new contract, with just its duration to be decided, believed to be until either 2020 or 2021.
Bale, meanwhile, is expected to be offered a new deal until 2021, which would also see him earn a rise of more than €1m per season, making him better-paid than Sergio Ramos.
A renewal for Pepe is also seen as a formality, despite him being 34 when his current deal expires next summer, although Los Blancos are holding fire until they have a clearer idea of his ability to continue performing at the top level.
Isco has been linked with a move away for the past half-season after struggling to establish himself under both Rafa Benitez and Zinedine Zidane, but the player is keen to fight for his place, while Zizou is a fan of the midfielder.
Finally, the case of Jese is “the most urgent to resolve” as his contract expires in 12 months’ time, meaning the forward would be free to negotiate with other clubs in January as it stands.
However, Madrid are not considering the latter scenario and will either tie him down to an extension or sell him this summer with a buyback clause inserted, akin to Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Morata.
Madrid’s rush to enter contract talks is understood to have been fuelled by the prospect of a transfer ban for two windows.