Real Madrid, the current league leaders in Spain, are looking to bolster their midfield ranks in the upcoming winter transfer window.
Real Madrid are in the market searching for a midfielder to have more flexibility in the centre of the park and have their eyes on Dutch international Donny Van de Beek and Portuguese international Ruben Neves.
The 13-time Champions League winners have midfielders like Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, James Rodriguez and Isco but their season has been constantly hampered with injuries - Kroos being the latest to be on the list.
In this situation, Zinedine Zidane wants one or two recruits in January to have more flexibility to compete in all competitions. Even though they are on the top of the La Liga table, they have managed only one point from two matches in the Champions League.
Real Madrid were rumoured to sign Van de Beek in the summer window, but that deal did not see light. But according to reports, Real Madrid could beat Manchester United to get their hands on the Dutch star for 100 million Euros.
Van de Beek was pivotal in Ajax's success last season as he scored 17 goals and provided 13 assists for the Amsterdam based club. He has been in brilliant form this season too, racking up three goals and six assists already. With the ageing Luka Modric in the side, it's time Madrid were looking for a replacement for the Ballon D'or winner.
Real Madrid getting Van de Beek would mean Paul Pogba's potential transfer to Real Madrid will be blocked as it is unlikely for the Madridistas to make two high profile signings for the same position.
Another option Real Madrid are looking at is Wolves' Ruben Neves. Neves was pivotal in Wolves' promotion to the Premier League two seasons back and is a key part for both club and country. A midfielder with a big passing range and immaculate set-piece taking, Neves could be the ideal replacement for Toni Kroos.
Real Madrid finished third in La Liga last season and crashed out of the second round of UCL to cap off a campaign which they would want to forget.