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Real Madrid identify 12-man shortlist of summer targets including Neymar

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Real Madrid are set for a mass summer spending spree as they look to catch up to Barcelona.

Los Blancos trail their Spanish rivals by 12 points and Marca reckon Madrid will target 12 players in the upcoming transfer window.

Of course, they will be unable to sign everyone on their wishlist. But Madrid are rich and in desperate need of improvement, so expect them to sign at least one big-name star in the summer.

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We will run you through the 12 names reportedly on Zinedine Zidane’s shopping list.

Of course, the likes of David de Gea, Eden Hazard and Neymar - three long-term targets - are included, and Madrid are said to be chasing one promising star, Paul Pogba.

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Goalkeeper: David de Gea

Madrid came within minutes of signing De Gea in the summer but a deal broke down at the eleventh hour. The Manchester United shot-stopper signed a new contract until 2019 which Marca report has a €40 million release clause.

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Central defence: John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Marquinhos

Madrid are of the belief that British players cannot succeed in Spain, which likely rules out a move for Everton’s John Stones.

Their number one target at this position is Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos, who joined the French club for €32m in 2013.

Left back: Ricardo Rodriguez and David Alaba

Alaba’s versatility makes him an attractive signing but Madrid are doubtful they can convince Bayern Munich to sell. They are itching to provide back-up to Marcelo.

Midfield: Paul Pogba, Eden Hazard and Leroy Sane

Zidane can only dream of signing this trio. Leroy Sane has drawn interest from Barcelona and Manchester City but Paul Pogba is certainly the hottest name of the three.

The Juventus star, 22, would easily command a fee of around £100m.

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Strikers: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Robert Lewandowski and Neymar

If Madrid want a new Galactico, this is where they will find one. Similar to Pogba, each would cost Madrid close to £100m but would immediately turn them into the team to beat in the Champions League.

Of the three, Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might be the best option. He would be the cheapest and certainly isn’t short of talent - the 26-year-old has scored 33 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions this season.

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Of course, Madrid still boast a talented roster and Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric certainly aren’t getting kicked out of the starting line-up anytime soon.

But failure to win the Champions League this season will mark the second straight season Madrid haven’t won any silverware.

With a fan base as demanding as Los Blancos’, that simply isn’t allowed.

The club can either get rid of Zidane - who is only three months into the job - or heavily bolster the squad. It seems they are going with the latter choice.

Check out Madrid's 12 targets in formation 

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(Ricardo Rodriguez has been excluded for the purpose of having 11 players.)

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Cristiano Ronaldo
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