Real Madrid are already planning their next Galactico swoop, with three names in the pipeline.
According to Marca, their primary objective is Sergio Aguero. Atletico Madrid are likely to need to sell next summer, and Los Merengues will seriously consider paying his €60 million buy-out clause, as they believe he can be a future Ballon D'Or winner.
Should they fail to land the Argentine, Los Blancos will return to the David Villa option. 'El Guaje' was almost signed last summer, until a last minute complication. He would also add to the Spanish contingent at the Bernabeu. The club believe that he is eager to join them, but Valencia have proved hard to negotiate with previously, and his buyout clause is €120 million.
Finally, their third choice is Wayne Rooney. However, this transfer seems highly unlikely, given that Sir Alex Ferguson would be loathe to lose another star to Los Merengues a year after the sale of Ronaldo. Additionally, there are no buy-out clauses in England.
With Ruud Van Nistelrooy's conract set to expire and Raul's future in doubt, one of the above could be Madrid's latest Galactico come next summer.
Arjun Miglani, Goal.com