Real Madrid 2017/18: Los Blancos set for £200million mega spending spree with trio targeted
Zinedine Zidane could be on the verge of making history as Real Madrid boss by winning back to back Champions League titles for the first time in the modern era, and he has set his sights on some major transfer deals this summer.
After already completing a deal for 16-year-old Vinicius Junior from Flamengo, a deal that will see him move in the summer of 2018, Los Blancos are keen to look more to the immediate future. Three players are believed to be on their wanted list.
The club are no strangers to luring the world’s best to the Santiago Bernabeu, and they could be set to join the race to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon striker was top scorer in the Bundesliga last season, netting 31 goals, and has informed the club of his desire to leave this summer.
A number of clubs, most notably in the Premier League, have joined the race to sign him. But Dortmund will not want to sell on the cheap, setting a £70million price tag on his head. Real have been linked with him for a long time, especially because the player himself admitted promising his grandfather that he would play for the Spanish giants one day. His current employers were quoted in April saying he would only leave for either Zidane’s men or their rivals Barcelona, via The Telegraph.
Another striking option for Real could be one of their opponents in the Champions League final, Juventus’ Paulo Dybala. The Argentine has shot to fame in Turin since joining the club in 2015 from Palermo. Once again a number of sides, including Manchester City and Barcelona, have also been linked, but the suggestion is he will be staying with the Italians for the long haul. The Express reported last month that Real president Florentino Perez was plotting a summer swoop for Dybala, although he may cost in excess of £80million.
Finally, the most realistic target is David de Gea. A deal to bring the Manchester United goalkeeper was all set to be completed two years ago, but for an issue with the paperwork, which saw the Spaniard sign a new contract at Old Trafford. But Real are keen to complete a £50million deal, with the Daily Star claiming Cristiano Ronaldo is keen for the club to sign him. Jose Mourinho is said to have agreed to sanction the deal after drawing up a list of perspective replacements.
Whatever happens, it is sure to be a busy summer for Real Madrid.