By Pete Jenson for MailOnline
Published: 16:38 GMT, 15 March 2019 | Updated: 16:45 GMT, 15 March 2019
Real Madrid's plans for next season are gathering pace with new signing defender Eder Militao hailed as the 'next Pepe' by the technical staff responsible for brining him to Spain after just one season in European football.
After finding a new Pepe, Madrid must now turn their attention to finding a new Cristiano Ronaldo – something they failed to do last summer.
Madrid president Florentino Perez knows that persuading Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to allow Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to leave this summer will be problematic.
Real Madrid's plans for next season are gathering pace with Porto's Eder Militao already signed
Madrid must now find a new Cristiano Ronaldo – something they failed to do last summer
Al-Khelaifi told El Parisien last week: 'There is a lot of speculation that we will have to sell Neymar or Kylian but I can assure everyone that they will not leave.' Perez still wants Neymar and Real Madrid have long believed the player has a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave this summer for €220m (£187m).
But Perez has dwindling support for the acquisition and Madrid have been deflated by the prospect of any punishment for PSG over breaking financial fair play rules likely to be a transfer ban which would only strengthen the French club's hold over their two top stars.
That has left Chelsea's Eden Hazard as their number one target to satisfy supporters demands for a big name Galatico style signing. Hazard appeals not just because he is a favourite to coach Zinedine Zidane but because he is