Real Madrid close in on £195m Pair: Zidane eyes up superb Galactico signings

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Real Madrid are beginning to look to the future, as is reflected in Zinedine Zidane’s transfer plans at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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After an unprecedented first full season in charge, in which Los Blancos won LaLiga for the first time in five years and became the first team to defend the Champions League in its current format, Zidane must look to continue his progression as a coach in perhaps the most pressurised job on the planet.

To do that, he will need to sign the best players around, and as always, he will be backed in the transfer market by president Florentino Perez. But instead of looking to players in the prime, as the club have tended to do in the past, Zidane is intent on building for the long term.

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According to MARCA, Zidane is focussing on a double swoop worth almost £200million for Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe and Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Both are just 18, but have been predicted to become the world’s best players in their respective positions over the course of their careers.

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Mbappe is particularly in demand right now after starring for Monaco in his debut season. The Frenchman inspired the club to the Champions League semi finals and the Ligue 1 title, scoring 21 goals across both competitions, while also making his debut for France, although he is yet to score in four games.

Arsenal are also believed to be keen on the youngster, but Zidane will hope his presence, as one of the greatest players in Mbappe’s country’s history, and the fact that in the players’ words Real have been trying to sign him since he was 14, will help lure him to the Santiago Bernabeu.

As for Donnarumma, he is likely to be much easier to sign. The Italian goalkeeper is currently at the under 21 European Championships in Poland, but his popularity with fans has deteriorated with the news he will not be extending his contract at the San Siro beyond next summer when it expires. That means he will be available for free soon and could cost just £20million right now, reducing the price of the double deal considerably for the current European champions.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s future could be settled now, after Perez appeased the 32-year-old, who had been demanding a move away from Spain over a reported lack of support following a tax probe from the Spanish authorities. Real could soon be combining the old and the new in devastating fashion.

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