Real Madrid's season hasn't gotten off to the best of starts, beating Celta de Vigo on their season opener and then struggling on a 1-1 draw at home vs. Real Valladolid.
Moreover, both Isco and James Rodriguez were bumped with injuries, and Eden Hazard won't be able to make his official debut for, at least, an extra couple of weeks.
So, Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane are still trying to figure out the best way to amend their situation and it's pretty clear that the team needs as much help as they can get.
And with the transfer window coming to an end and no updates about the Paul Pogba or Christian Eriksen situation, it looks like Los Blancos have turned their attention elsewhere.
According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid scheduled a meeting with Bruno Fernandes' agent as they eye a move for the Sporting CP superstar.
Fernandes was linked with a move to both Manchester City and Manchester United for weeks, but neither club was able to pull the trigger for the coveted offensive midfielder.
The Portuguese would be a tailor-made player for Real Madrid's offensive woes, as he's quickly turned the corner to become one of Europe's top-tier playmakers.
He hit the ground running this season and has already logged 1 goal with 4 assists in 4 appearances for Sporting, and now that it looks like Pogba won't be leaving Old Trafford any time soon, Zidane has made him his top transfer priority.
Also, Fernandes and James Rodriguez share the same agent, and with the Colombians' desire to leave, perhaps they could work on a deal to lessen the 70 million fee Sporting are demanding for the playmaker.
We'll have to wait and see, but Madrid better sign someone soon if they don't want to have another dreadful season like the one they had last year.