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Listing Real Madrid's potential targets this summer

According to Marca and if the transfer ban is lifted.

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Today's front page on Marca lists  a number of players who are on Real Madrid's radar to potentially join the team next summer. In order for that to happen, FIFA will have to lift the transfer ban and nobody knows whether that's likely to happen or not, so take this list with a grain of salt.

  • Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich: Apparently, the Polish striker would be willing to leave Bayern and new coach Carlo Ancelotti has been told not to have him on his plans. However, Karim Benzema is playing the best football of his career and Lewandowski would not be that big of an upgrade to make the huge fee worth it.
  • Pierre-Erick Aubameyang, Borussia Dortmund: According to Marca, Zinedine Zidane wants to sign the quick attacker. Aubameyang would be an interesting option if Real Madrid are planning to develop a counter-attacking style of football.
  • Neymar, FC Barcelona: It now seems clear that Neymar and his father were using Real Madrid's interest to get a significant raise with Barça. The Brazilian star has not signed the extension yet and Real would definitely be willing to sign him if he is willing to leave Barcelona on that €190 million release clause, club sources told Managing Madrid.
  • Leroy Sané, Schalke 04: Sané is a pure winger who could help the team with his quickness and dribbling ability. Apparently, Manchester City and FC Barcelona are willing to sign him as well.
  • Eden Hazard, Chelsea FC: Zinedine Zidane will be deciding Real's signings from now on and he's always been a big fan of Hazard. Furthermore, the Belgian attacker has not been performing well lately and Chelsea could accept a reasonable fee if it comes their way.
  • Paul Pogba, Juventus FC: Do Real Madrid need another midfielder considering that both Casemiro and Kovacic seem ready to step it up whenever Modric and Kroos are not available? Probably not, but that's another story. Pogba would be a very expensive signing and one that could be problematic given his agent's relationship with Real's board.
  • Ricardo Rodríguez, Wolfsburg: Marcelo clearly needs a backup left-back and Rodríguez could be a very good option. However, Manchester United are much more desperate and reports indicate that he could be joining the Red Devils.
  • David Alaba, FC Bayern: Would he be willing to accept a backup role in Real Madrid? Alaba will not be able to replicate Marcelo's offensive production in Real's system and Bayern would not be willing to let him go easily anyway.
  • Marquinhos, PSG: He's a central defender who's been playing right-back for quite some time. Marquinhos has good potential and Real Madrid will need to bring a central defender considering Pepe's age and decline. He could be a good target.
  • John Stones, Everton: Stones has a very good potential too but British defenders usually struggle when they leave the Premier League. It'd make sense for him to stay in England.
  • Aymeric Laporte, Athletic Club: His performances this season have not been great but he's still very young and could be a good backup defender while Jesús Vallejo gets ready to play in the Spanish Liga BBVA.
  • David De Gea, Manchester United: It seems that Real Madrid and United will have yet another busy summer trying to decide what to do with the Spanish goalkeeper, even after Keylor's good displays this year.

All in all, Real Madrid will surely be making some moves next summer if that mentioned ban is lifted. Some of the signings are probably in that list.

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