The news that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Spain has shocked Real Madrid, but if Los Blancos do see the 32-year-old walk through the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu exit door, who could they sign to replace him?
According to a number of sources in both Italy and Spain this afternoon, Real Madrid have identified two young stars as potential replacements for Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu.
As has since become common knowledge worldwide, Blancos star Ronaldo reportedly informed the Spanish giants yesterday that he will depart the club this summer, having become increasingly frustrated with life in Spain.
Hence, Florentino Perez and co. have since drawn up a list of potential attacking arrivals in the Spanish capital this summer, in the hope that one of those named can go some way towards replacing their Portuguese talisman.
The first name on the list will come as a surprise to few, with teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe of Monaco seen as the no.1 choice of the Champions League holders to replace Ronaldo.
Links between Mbappe and Madrid had in fact started long before rumours of unrest on the part of Madrid’s main man came to light, though the La Liga side are now far more eager to get a deal done quickly for European football’s most in-demand youngster.
The second option for the Bernabeu side this summer is another name that the club have been linked with in the past, in the form of Juventus star Paulo Dybala.
Both Real and Barcelona have been credited with an interest in the Argentinian talent, though the Old Lady are famously tough negotiators, and unlikely to accept a fee of less than 100 million Euro.
If Los Blancos fail to secure either of the aforementioned targets, Zidane’s men will reportedly turn to yet another old flame, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.