So it seems like Mourinho is on his way out, and there are rumors that once he leaves the Real Madrid board will look to offload some of the Mourinho loyalists, a list which includes Pepe, Arbeloa, Carvalho and Coentrau.
Since Silvestre has failed to impress, we should let him go back to Palermo. We could make a bid for Arbeloa, he's not world class but he is a solid defender and would be a big improvement over Silvestre. He's valued at around 12 million euros right now, we'll probably have to pay 15 or so.
Coentrau also might be on his way out if Mourinho leaves. We could play him as left back and move Nagatomo to the right. We would probably have to shell out 25-30 million to get him.
Carvalho is 34, Madrid might let him go for free. If that happens we should definitely scoop him up. He would be an excellent backup.
So with around 40-45 million euros spent, we would have Coentrau, Arbeloa and Carvalho, and that would fix a lot of our holes on defense. Branca should definitely be looking into the situation over at Madrid right now. There are some bargain buys to be made.