The manager has reportedly identified RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano as a long time replacement for the captain who would be greatly missed for what he brings to the game.
Upamecano is one of the most coveted defenders in Europe and Real Madrid has added their names to the growing list of clubs that want his service in the near future, according to report in AS.
The France Under-21 international recently signed a new contract to keep him at Leipzig until 2023, but that has not stopped speculation from swirling over his future.
Real Madrid is likely to face huge competition for his signature, the Los Blancos directors are not planning a move this summer due to the financial implications of coronavirus, which puts his £41m release clause out of their reach.
Nacho Fernandez is expected to leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer and Eder Militao is expected to step up his game if he would have a guaranteed future at the club beyond the next two seasons.