Real Madrid are scrambling to add to their midfield this month, as they face the prospect of potentially losing both Mateo Kovacic and Luka Modric.
And they have earmarked Christian Eriksen as the man lead their midfield in the coming years – but know they will have to wait.
Kovacic is desperate to depart the Santiago Bernabeu and is expected to join Chelsea on loan in the next 24 hours.
The midfielder is highly-rated in the Spanish capital but after three years as a bit-part player wants regular first-team action.
Kovacic has spoken out on his desire to move on three separate occasions in recent weeks.
With four Champions League wins in five seasons and the World Cup Golden Ball in his pocket, the Croatian star has been linked with a move to Inter Milan.
The Nerazzurri are reportedly keen to take the ex-Spurs playmaker to Serie A as they prepare for their Champions League return and will offer Modric a major wage hike and a six-year deal – despite him turning 33 next month.
Florentino Perez, Madrid’s president, has claimed he won’t sell Modric for anything less than his €750million release clause.