It’s been a long time since Real Madrid have seen any new faces in their first-team, something that will change in the summer despite Zinedine Zidane wanting to keep the current group above all else.
In the last year, Los Blancos have only presented Alvaro Morata, who returned after two years at Juventus.
Marcos Llorente and Jesus Vallejo will be the first to be seen at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, as reported by MARCA weeks ago.
The midfielder will become the alternative to Casemiro whilst the central defender will replace Pepe who is aiming for a big payday in China and therefore has no intention of signing the one-year contract extension he’s been offered in Madrid.
Vallejo and Llorente have both agreed terms and they will contribute in whichever way they can for Zidane.
The need to reinforce the left side of defence is obvious because if Marcelo gets injured, Real usually suffer.
In Germany, there is talk about Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez heading to Madrid but as for the right side, everything will hinge on how well Danilo plays over the next few weeks.
Fabio Coentrao is more out of the club than in it because after a year in which he has hardly played, there’s no justifiable case for him to continue however much he still has a contract until 2019.
Midfield points to tough negotiations with James Rodriguez and Isco, the Colombian more distant everyday and nowhere close to the player that Real signed.
His future seems complicated and Antonio Conte would love to have him at Chelsea, but Cristiano Ronaldo wants him to stay.
Isco’s contract ends on June 30, 2018 and he doesn’t feel comfortable with the current situation.
His football doesn’t change but it’s been some time since he felt important for Zidane.
Both are big players and their possible losses would open the door to more signings.
Morata must decide where to go at the end of the season, but upon leaving Juve he wanted to come back to Real Madrid.
His presence in the big games will also affect his decision.
Karim Benzema will have a decision to make because although Zidane is still relying on him, the supporters have some misgivings.
As for reinforcements, Paulo Dybala is in Florentino Perez’s sights.
Real are aware of all of Juventus’ movements regarding the Argentine and his renewal but even if that happens and he signs on again for the Bianconeri, this won’t deter Real from making a summer bid.
Finally, if he becomes available, Real will not rule out the prospect of trying to sign Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.