's plans for next season are gathering pace with new signing defender Eder Militao hailed as the 'next Pepe' by the technical staff responsible for brining him to Spain
after just one season in European football.
After finding a new Pepe, Madrid must now turn their attention to finding a new Cristiano Ronaldo
– something they failed to do last summer.
Madrid president Florentino Perez knows that persuading Paris Saint-Germain
president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to allow Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to leave this summer will be problematic.
Al-Khelaifi told El Parisien last week: 'There is a lot of speculation that we will have to sell Neymar or Kylian but I can assure everyone that they will not leave.' Perez still wants Neymar and Real Madrid have long believed the player has a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave this summer for €220m (£187m).
But Perez has dwindling support for the acquisition and Madrid have been deflated by the prospect of any punishment for PSG over breaking financial fair play rules likely to be a transfer ban which would only strengthen the French club's hold over their two top stars.
That has left Chelsea's Eden Hazard as their number one target to satisfy supporters demands for a big name Galatico style signing. Hazard appeals not just because he is a favourite to coach Zinedine Zidane but because he is in the last year of his contract and for the same reason Madrid are pushing hard for Tottenham's Christian Eriksen.
There are still three months of planning ahead before Madrid's still developing plans takes shape but Zidane's 'second-coming' squad is already taking shape with the new names in each line of the team
REAL MADRID'S POTENTIAL SQUAD FOR NEXT SEASON
Courtois / Navas
Carvajal / Odriozola
Ramos / Varane / Militao
Reguilon / Achraf
Casemiro / Modric / Kroos / Llorente
Lucas Vazquez / Bale / Rodrygo
/ Isco / Vinicius / Asensio / Eriksen
Benzema / Raul de Tomas
/ Timo Werner
Out on loan?:
Diaz / Valverde / Odegaard
/ Ceballos / Mariano / Mayoral
*Players not currently at the club in bold
The return of Raul de Tomas who has scored his way into double figures out on loan at struggling club Rayo Vallecano will allow Zidane to stick with his tried and trusted favourite Karim Benzema.
But the club also want 23-year-old Leipzig forward Timo Werner and Rodrygo Goes, the 18-year-old from Santos is also due to arrive at the club this summer.
Flying Betis left-back Junior Firpo is under consideration with Marcelo still likely to leave but Madrid could recall Achram Hakifi a year early from his loan spell at Dortmund. He could come in to contest the left-back position with Sergio Reguilon. He left Madrid on loan last season as a right back but has played well on the left all season.
Madrid would still have young talents Brahim Diaz and Fede Valverde to look at in pre-season and decide whether they stay as part of the first team squad or go out on loan next season. Martin Odegaard is due back from Vitesse Arnhem and would go through the same process, as would Oscar Rodriguez who has done well at Leganes.
One loan player likely to return and then be sold is James Rodriguez who did not fit in at Madrid the last time Zidane was first team coach.
Midfielder Dani Ceballos is in the same position and they will also look for a club for him. Centre forward Mariano will also be sold this summer along with Borja Mayoral currently out on loan at Levante.