As Real Madrid look to revive from a slump, El Loco sizes up the possible signings that could make up Florentino Perez's blockbuster revamp
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is planning to sign some fresh, world class players in his bid to win honours in the coming season.
Is this another blockbuster in terms of massive signings from Perez? A great move - indeed - which should put the smiles back on Real fans’ faces.
Like what happened in the summer of 2009 when Perez paid out a total of €250million to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema, Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa and Esteban Granero.
A disappointed Perez does not want to see a repeat of the nightmare where Real have proven to be flops as they did not win any major title this season.
Los Blancos did have that chance of winning the Copa del Rey last week as a consolation, so to speak, but were stunned by city rivals Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Diego Simeone's men won 2-1 after extra time.
On hindsight, Real did win the Spanish Super Cup by beating Barcelona on the away goals’ ruling in August last year but that was not enough for their fanatical fans.
Remember, Real have all the stars (and superstars) under manager Jose Mourinho, the man they called 'The Special One'.
However, the Portuguese is no longer that special to Real supporters and they are relieved to see him finally leaving the Bernabeu.
Mourinho has been a real pain more than anything else with his antics on and off the pitch, which made it difficult for the players to focus on retaining the Primera Liga and winning their 10th European Championship title.
If everything goes as planned, the vastly experienced tactician Carlo Ancoletti will be the man to take over Mourinho's place.
The Italian has just steered Paris Saint-Germain to win the Ligue 1 title.
Perez is expected to be the only candidate to stand for the club's presidency in the newly convened elections and the electoral board may well make it official on June 2, the same day Los Blancos will play Osasuna at home in the last La Liga match.
And, according to reports, Perez has intended to present Ancelotti as Real’s new manager the very next day - the official presentation of his new project and he may unveil the addition of Zinedine Zidane to the club's managerial spheres.
With Zidane backstage and Ancelotti as manager, Perez's next blockbuster would be perfect.
One of the players on their list is Santos’ star Neymar.
But believe it or not, Neymar has rejected a stunning offer to remain committed to Barca ... perhaps for the time being though.
Sport reported that Perez was willing to invest €100 million to bring Neymar to Madrid but the Brazilian has his heart set on joining the Catalans.
Florentino was only willing to make Neymar the second highest earner behind Cristiano Ronaldo and pay double the fee Barca had agreed with Santos.
He was also willing to split Neymar's image rights 70:30 in the player's favour - again a far better deal than the 50:50 all Real players have with the club, including Ronaldo.
However, Neymar still remains committed to a Barca pre-contract agreed in 2011.
It is not the end of the matter yet. Just wait and see what happens next as there may be a twist to this.
Another star on Real's radar is Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal. According to reports, following Ancelotti's recommendation, Real are more interested than ever in the 'tuttocampista' (all-rounder).
This is how he's known in Italy after two superb seasons with Juventus and two consecutive league titles.
The on-going negotiations between Real and Juventus over Gonzalo Higuain’s transfer have led to the Chile international’s name popping up.
Real are also keen on Tottenham star Gareth Bale, although the Wales international hinted that he would be staying at White Hart Lane.
But again, you will never know.
Malaga star midfielder Isco could be set to join Real as well for the new season. The chances are that they will get him.
German club Borussia Dortmund star and prolific striker Robert Lewandowski, who is also wanted by many big clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea may end up at the Bernabeu.
It will be interesting to see who will sign for Real in the end. Of course, there will be those that are leaving as well.
Whatever it is, we can expect another blockbuster from Perez.