Real Madrid are set for their busiest summer to date as they look to address the key areas of a pitiful campaign.
The club has been in similar situations before, where they have needed to spend big in order to revamp a deflated side.
President Florentino Perez led the spending of 254 million euros in the summer of 2009 in order to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema among others, but this transfer window is likely to see that figure surpassed.
Madrid have already spent 95 million euros on Rodrygo (45 million euros) and Militao (50 million euros) but there are still plenty of signings to come.
Eden Hazard will not arrive for less than 100 million euros, which take the total up to at least 195 million euros when the Belgian arrives.
Los Blancos are working on the capture of Luka Jovic, a signing that Madrid expect to close for about 60 million euros which would take the figure to 255 million euros, a tally higher than that of 2009.
However, the spending is unlikely to end there, as Zidane is still after a left-back with the likes of Ferland Mendy who, in the best case, would arrive for 30 million euros.
Then there is Paul Pogba who Zidane has requested, who would not move for less than 140 million euros, while a backup option like Christian Eriksen would not be cheap either. All of these numbers are without taking into account a possible move for Neymar who, alone, would near the 2009 total of 254 million euros spent.
Working on sales
While talk of who is entering the Santiago Bernabeu door is rife, the club is working on a number of departures to attempt to narrow the deficit of expenditure as much as possible.
That deficit currently stands at 95 million euros, the second highest gap in the club’s history since that summer in 2009 where sales of 98 million euros were amassed, leaving a loss of 155 million euros.