Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster said last summer that he wanted another attacking player to add to his ranks and he may be given his wish in the winter market.
At the top of Madrid's list is Carlos Tévez, and its interest will have grown after reports in England that the player is concerned about his future at Manchester United.
In June 2007, his agent Adrian Ruocco first held talks with the Spanish giants and is well known to the Bernabéu club after several rounds of negotiations about a move.
United has the option to buy Tévez in January for $46 million, but Madrid is hoping that Sir Alex Ferguson chooses not to take that up and looks elsewhere for additions to his squad.
While that may be a vain hope, the reigning Primera División champions have several other names that they are also considering and the majority would require less effort to sign.
Cruzeiro's 20-year-old Gilhereme, Corinthians Dentinho, Palmeiras' Alex Mineiro, CSKA's utility starlet Alan Dzagoev and Partizan's Adem Ljajic have all been linked to the club.