3) Mauricio Lemos
The Uruguayan’s impressive showings at the heart of the defence have been a prime reason behind Las Plamas’ excellent season so far. The defender has shown the type of composure and leadership one would associate with Pepe during his heyday. Lemos’ fine form has seen him courted by Europe’s big guns. Rivals Barcelona are keen on bringing Lemos to Camp Nou so Real Madrid need to act quickly in order to bag one of the hottest properties in Europe at the moment. Still 21, Lemos has the potential to become the very best in his position and could be tempted by Real Madrid’s stature.