Zinedine Zidane could sacifice as many as seven big-name players this summer after adding stars from Liverpool and Manchester United to his Real Madrid wanted list, while Newcastle fancy two Serie A stars, according to Tuesday’s European papers.
ZIDANE ADDS TWO MORE PREM STARS TO WANTED LIST
It seems Zinedine Zidane is intent on plundering the Premier League for its very best talents this summer in an effort to help Real Madrid return to the summit of English football.
Just hours after being re-appointed in the Bernabeu hotseat, reports in the Spanish media had linked Zidane with a €400m swoop for Premier League stars Christian Eriksen, Eden Hazard and Roberto Firmino.
It seems, however, that Zidane won’t just settle for that trio with El Chiringuito TV adding the names of Paul Pogba and Sadio Mane to his list of targets too.
While Tottenham and Chelsea may find themselves in awkward positions with regards keeping Eriksen and Hazard given the duo’s contract situations, Real will surely meet far greater resistance from Liverpool in efforts to prise Firmino, Mane and Pogba to the Bernabeu.
Nonetheless, the duo feature highly on Zidane’s wanted list, according to the Spanish broadcaster.
But even with a reported €500m transfer kitty at his disposal, Zidane is surely going to need to sell off a few stars in order to rebuild his side.
According to various reports, the likes of experienced trio Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Marcelo could find themselves sold, while even summer signing Thibaut Courtois could also be shown the door after failing to impress.
Furthermore, Don Balon claims Zidane will also sacrifice some of his forwards, with Gareth Bale the most likely to go in an €85m deal, though fellow wingers Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez could also be moved on if tempting offers come Real Madrid’s way.
AND THE REST
Barcelona have made signing Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt their ‘No 1 priority’ this summer while the defender wants to join the club ahead of any other, despite suggestions he’d also welcome a switch to Liverpool (Mundo Deportivo)
Roma starlet Nicolo Zaniolo has emerged as a shock target for Newcastle United, who are also reportedly keen on Parma striker Roberto Inglese (Tuttosport)
Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed the club will sell just one of Nabil Fekir, Tanguy Ndombele or Memphis Depay this summer (Telefoot)
AC Milan have joined Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester United for Sporting Lisbon playmaker Bruno Fernandes (Record)
Bayern Munich director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is confident that Colombian international James Rodriguez will remain at the club next season, despite talk of interest from Arsenal (Bild)
Sampdoria will reportedly fine Gregoire Defrel and send the striker back to Roma this summer after he was caught drink-driving (Il Secolo XIX)
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez also says he would like to sign both France forward Kylian Mbappe and Brazil international Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain (Goal)
Barcelona are set to offer club captain Lionel Messi a contract extension this summer to take him beyond his current agreement to 2021, according to club president Josep Bartomeu (Mundo Deportivo)
Cristiano Ronaldo insists he remains happy at Juventus and has no plans to return to Real Madrid despite the re-appointment of Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Real Madrid have approached Paris Saint German over the availability of midfielder Giovani Lo Celso (Marca)
Luis Neto will join Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon at the end of the season from Zenit St Petersburg (various)
Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan have all scouted 21-year-old PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn, with the Dutchman valued at more than £30m (De Telegraaf)