REAL LOOKING AT FANTASTIC FOUR
By Luis Murillo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real are reportedly after a central defender, a right-sided defender, a midfielder and a forward as they look to celebrate their centenary in style.
Jorge Valdano, the sporting director has been especially interested in Serie A players, with Alessandro Nesta (pictured), Javier Zanetti, Juan Veron and Andrei Shevchenko top of the wish list.
Nesta's price has not been discussed but Valdano, Vicente Del Bosque and Perez are in agreement that he would be the perfect partner for Fernando Hierro, although it is unlikely Lazio will sell their defender.
Part of the reasoning behind this is that Nesta's group of representatives includes the son of Sergio Cragnotti, the Lazio supremo.
Inter want £13 million for Zanetti although Real believe he is the player to shore up their problematic right-side after Michel Salgado and Geremi failed in that position.
The Argentinian is believed to be mulling over his options and is quoted as saying: "If I go away I will play in Spain."
Shevchenko has already denied reports of a move to Spain, although he has impressed observers in La Liga with his performances in Europe against Barcelona and Real.
Veron's move may depend on the result of his passport problems and it remains to be seen if Real will splash out £22 million on such a controversial star.