The Champions League defeats in Germany will have shaken up the fans of both Barcelona and Real Madrid this week, and one thing seems to be clear for both teams, that their attacking units are too reliant on the performances of their key men Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
This was especially true for Barcelona, who could barely muster a shot on Bayern Munich's goal with the Argentinian clearly unfit and unable to influence proceedings.
This should not be the case, and there are plenty of other star players in their attacks who have not pulled their weight this season. With that in mind, both sides might be preparing to reshape their squad this summer, and Premier League sides might have a sniff of signing a plethora of fine players.
Gonzalo Higuain, Karim Benzema and Kaka might be on the move from Real Madrid, with the first of those three already linked on several occasions to Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Both Higuain and Benzema are excellent players, and perhaps just need to come out from Ronaldo's shadow to deliver their best form. Either would be a fine addition to several Premier league sides.
From Barcelona, Alexis Sanchez and David Villa could be sold, with the latter perhaps feeling a little hard done by given his lack of involvement this season. Sanchez has never found his best form at the Camp Nou, but undoubtedly has the talent to succeed somewhere else, with Manchester City and Chelsea linked with the Chilean in the past.
Villa could be the pick of the bunch, and could improve almost any side in the world. Injuries have plagued the past couple of years, but when available and selected, Villa has reliably hit the back of the net. Arsenal are the side most regularly linked with a move for the 31 year old, and he could have a dramatic effect on their fortunes if they could work out a deal.
Last time Real Madrid cleared out their squad teams around Europe benefitted as players like Wesley Senijder, Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Rafael Van Der Vaart were made available. This year both Madrid and Barcelona could be prepared to let some excellent players leave, and the Premier League's top teams should be on alert to try and bring them to England.
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