Real Madrid have allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to leave for Juventus, but now have to build a new team which means that two Galacticos will arrive to help the club achieve such a feat.
Florentino Perez’s relationship with the Portuguese forward deteriorated significantly, however the club president now faces the task of replacing the former Manchester United star adequately.
Everybody from supporters to the board of directors expect Perez to appear with a new signing of Ronaldo’s proportion but the football landscape has changed and pulling that off isn’t so simple anymore.
Los Blancos will be successful without Ronaldo, but it’s clear that the team needs signings, they can compete but they need to replace the percentage of goals and spirit that the 33-year-old provided.
The plan is for the club to sign two forward players, whether they will be Galacticos remains to be seen, but two will arrive.
No player can guarantee the 50 goals which Ronaldo did, and Julen Lopetegui must find a way to extract the most out of his current attacking options to make up the shortfall.
Real Madrid have money, but to sign the players they want there needs to be a certain degree of complicity from the individual involved.
Neymar is the first choice target, but to get the Brazilian to Madrid will require the former Barcelona star to replicate Ronaldo’s actions and make a personal plea to Nasser Al-Khelaifi and expressly ask that he sets a price at which Paris Saint-Germain will sell.
Perez trusts the signals put out by Neymar’s father and that the player himself will take the necessary action to force a move, without that step it will be impossible to make an offer that PSG would accept.
Kylian Mbappe is another target who will be difficult to sign, and it’s not a question of money but rather one of personal ambition.
The most likely arrival is Eden Hazard, with the Belgian constantly flirting with the European champions and theoretically allowed to leave Chelsea for a figure above 100 million euros.
There are doubts about Harry Kane due to the history of English players struggling to adapt to LaLiga, as well as Daniel Levy’s incredibly difficult negotiating stance.