Real Madrid 2017/18 - £200m transfer spree planned as Zidane targets Chelsea & Manchester United Stars in summer raid
Real Madrid look set for a complete overhaul of their squad, with boss Zinedine Zidane targeting three players ahead of a busy summer at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Los Blancos could be set to win their first LaLiga title since 2012 this season, while they are also in the race to retain the Champions League, becoming the first club to do so since the competition’s 1992 rebrand. But Zidane is reportedly keen to make sure no one rests on their laurels and wants to reinvigorate his options with an end of season shopping spree worth around £200million, with three players on his wish list.
Two of the stars in question ply their trade in the Premier League, while one is lighting up Italy’s Serie A. After Keylor Navas’ high profile error against Real Betis just last week, speculation of interest in Manchester United David De Gea has resurfaced. The Daily Star claim Real are targeting a move, two years after almost completing a deal with the Red Devils which would have seen Navas head to Old Trafford as part of the deal.
A paperwork malfunction late in the day ended hopes of him signing in 2015, and this time he would cost around £50million, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of the game. With United struggling to make the top four and Champions League qualification this year, De Gea could be keen on a return to his homeland.
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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is also a target for Zidane. The Daily Express reports their interest with his Blues teammate Diego Costa, a former hero at Atletico Madrid, admitting the Belgian would find it tough to turn his back on the Spanish giants. The price on the 25-year-old’s head would be a staggering £80million, the same amount Real paid United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 and just short of what Tottenham Hotspur received for Gareth Bale in 2013. The club are putting plans in place to replace Ronaldo, now 32, and are looking towards a man on the brink of inspiring his team to two Premier League titles in three years.
Paulo Dybala of Juventus completes the list, with the Express again reporting. The man who currently holds Real’s main striker position is Karim Benzema, but the Frenchman has endured almost eight years of battling some sections of the club’s expectant fanbase and there is a growing feeling that a new man must be found. Zidane himself made the switch from Turin to Madrid for a then world-record fee of £46million, and if the Argentine was to do the same, he would cost around £75million.
Last summer, the only major arrival at Real Madrid was Alvaro Morata, who re-signed from Juve courtesy of a £32million buy-back clause in his contract. But it promises to be a much busier off season in the Spanish capital this year.