Real Madrid are prepared to spend £250m over the course of the next two weeks to land Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Manchester United's David de Gea before their transfer ban begins, reported the Sun.
Los Blancos - along with neighbours Atletico Madrid - were hit with a registration ban for two consecutive transfer windows by FIFA on Thursday, due to their illegal recruitment of players under the age of 18. While both clubs have since confirmed they will appeal the ban, as it stands neither will be able to register new players to their team for either next summer's, nor next winter's transfer window.
They have two weeks of the current window to act before the ban kicks in, and the predictable new report suggests that they are ready to do their long-term business now - as they're unable to do it for the next year.
Real were linked with De Gea through the entirety of last summer but saw a deal collapse for him at the very last minute, while Hazard has been eyed for several months as the long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. Juventus' Paul Pogba, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero are also mentioned among their targets.
Club director general Jose Angel Sanchez has reacted to the ban and labelled it "completely unjustified" according to Marca, and has made it clear that the club will appeal.
He said: "It's completely untrue that we fielded players aged under 18 without registering them with the RFEF (Spanish Football Association) and that we failed to comply with the regulatory requirements.
"This club has a set of ethical values and the people in charge in this area have never violated them. The arguments made are erroneous."