It is not new that Real Madrid's main objective is to strengthen their midfield with the signing of a quality player who reads the game – they have spent years looking for defensive midfielders and creators groping in the dark.
Star Xabi Alonso is getting older and youngster Asier Illarramendi is yet to prove his worth. He has not pinned down a regular place in Carlo Ancelotti's starting line-up - not even at the beginning of the season when Alonso and Sami Khedira were both recovering from injury.
The German international's future has become increasingly uncertain. Now El Confidencial claims Madrid have suspended contract renewal talks of Khedira – as Real have doubts over Khedira and are ready to listen to offers for him. It is widely believed he is unlikely to stay at the Bernabeu next season.
The Spanish giants will not have much problem in finding a club for the midfielder as Khedira has attracted interest from many European clubs like Manchester United, who last summer tabled a £34m bid to sign him. Real rejected the proposal then, but now the story is very different: they want to inject quality, accuracy and speed – something that the team do not find with Sami.
With Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Marco Verratti discarded by the time, the search continues.
Ramires' option still remains with Real president Florentino Perez ready to do everything in his power to secure the player from Chelsea no matter the costs. Chelsea could be back in for Khedira with Jose Mourinho said to be keen on bringing his former central midfielder to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Also the Blues boss has offered the Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos an irresistible offer of €8.5m-per-year deal – another Real Madrid target as the German fits the profile that Ancelotti is looking for to strengthen the midfield.
In the World Cup there are a few players who we have to watch closely. Sporting's William Carvalho - who has been offered to Real - is among the youngsters who generate excitement – along with Schalke's Julian Draxler and Inter Milan's Mateo Kovacic.
Marca has previously reported Ancelotti's interest in Kovacic, claiming he is among the Italian's top targets.