Real Madrid are set to go through a major roster overhaul in the summer and while that may bring a lot of new faces to Santiago Bernabeu, it also means that some of the stars that have shined over the course of the past couple of years may also be heading out the door.
That seems to be the case with Casemiro, who doesn't seem like a part of Zinedine Zidane's plans going forward despite his great defensive displays since coming back from his loan spell at Porto.
The Brazilian is reported to be on his way out of the team in the summer and Zizou has already made up his mind on who he'd like to sign to replace him in the center of the pitch for his new-look Real Madrid: Chelsea's N'Golo Kante or Olympique Lyon's Tanguy N'Dombele, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon.
Zidane wants a physical stopper in the center of the pitch, and reports point towards Kante being unhappy under Maurizio Sarri's command, as the Italian boss uses him up front rather than in his natural defensive midfielder position because he claims he can't move the ball forward fast enough.
Signing him, however, may be kind of tricky considering the Blues don't want to engage in talks with Real Madrid as they're also eying a move for Eden Hazard in the summer. Still, they could use Mateo Kovacic to try and sweeten the deal for Kante.
Ndombele, on the other hand, is drawing a lot of interest from European giants of the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United, and his ability to read his opponent passes and play between the center-backs make him one of the most promising defensive midfielders in the world right now.
Both of them have drawn a lot of comparisons with Claude Makelele, one of Zidane's teammates at Real Madrid and the national team, and that's the kind of profile the Frenchman looking for his team right now.