Real Madrid‘s renovation plans started to be put into action after the debacle that saw them knocked out of the Champions League, the Copa del Rey and LaLiga Santander title race – all at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu – in the space of a week.
The shortlists have been drawn up, Zinedine Zidane has been brought in, and the club have acknowledged their need for a centre-back, a left-back, two midfielders and a striker.
Now is the time to ask, who is on the market this summer?
With Eder Militao confirmed, Madrid want another and Matthijs De Ligt is top of the list. No references are needed as he was seen close up in the Champions League tie with Ajax and he is also wanted by Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. They could also look to Serie A in moves for Inter‘s Milan Skriniar or Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli.
Here there are no frontrunners. Marcos Alonso is on the radar, but Jose Gaya and Alejandro Grimaldo are other Spanish options. Bayern Munich‘s David Alaba remains high on their list.
There are two different roles that need to be filled in midfield, one more defensive and the other closer to the frontline. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Thiago Alcantaraand Miralem Pjanic are all being monitored, while Paul Pogba is being considered as a potential ‘Galactico’ signing, and Mateo Kovacic‘s future remains up in the air.
Further up in midfield, Christian Eriksen and Eden Hazard are the priorities, without forgetting James Rodriguez‘s uncertain future. Pablo Sarabia and Suso are Spanish options, though Nicolo Zaniolo and Kai Havertz are also being considered.
This is where Madrid are prepared to really splash out this summer. Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are the top three options, with Mauro Icardi on the second tier alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Luka Jovic‘s form is also catching the eyes of the decision-makers at the club.