It is expected that Ancelotti, who will replace Pep Guardiola as Bayern’s head coach for three years beginning July 1, will want to refresh his squad, especially with the potential departure of top scorer Robert Lewandowski to Real Madrid.
Ancelotti worked closely with both James and Benzema during his stint in La Liga, with the Italian overseeing the Colombian international’s first season in Spain and also getting the most of Karim Benzema alongside Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo in a season that saw Los Blancos lift up their tenth Champions League
However, things have changed for both men since Ancelotti was sacked after the 2014/2015 season. James failed to get along with new head coach Rafa Benitez and rumors swirled in Spain that Madrid’s No. 10 had showed up overweight to pre-season training, a problem which continued during the first few months of the new campaign and, at many times, cost him a spot on the starting line-up. He has an €80million release clause, but SPORT believes that Real Madrid would let him go for a cheaper fee.
Benzema, on the other hand, is the second top scorer in La Liga and has been key under Zinedine Zidane after the departure of Benitez. He has been fazed by problems off the field, primarily the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape blackmail scandal that has seen the French striker suspended indefinitely from the French national team.
It is presumed that Real Madrid would be willing to part ways with both men to avoid any further problems and strengthen their squad before their currently suspended transfer embargo potentially kicks into effect after the summer transfer window.