Real Madrid ready to break the bank to sign £183m Premier League trio: Man United, Tottenham and Man City stars linked With Bernabeu Switch
Real Madrid have drawn up a list of the three Premier League stars to target in the summer transfer window with Sergio Aguero, David De Gea and Dele Alli all wanted by boss Zinedine Zidane.
Los Blancos are currently in good shape, topping LaLiga by a point ahead of arch-rivals Barcelona with two games in hand. Their Champions League campaign restarts this month as they face Napoli in the round of 16, their next step to becoming the first club to retain the tournament in the current format.
But it appears bosses at the Santiago Bernabeu are keen for a squad reshuffle at the end of the campaign. The Daily Mirror reports the club is interested in both Alli and De Gea, while Sky say that AS claim Aguero is a target.
The Argentine’s future is in real doubt at Manchester City with boss Pep Guardiola leaving him out of the team for the last two games after 19-year-old Gabriel Jesus arrived in January, scoring three goals against West Ham and Swansea City.
It is a situation that Aguero has not been used to during his City career. Since moving to the Etihad Stadium from Atletico Madrid in 2011, he has been the main man but this spell is not the first to cast doubt over his future. Guardiola has not been afraid to drop him from the side, just as he did with Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and of course Joe Hart.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are keeping an eye on Sergio Aguero's situation at Manchester City. [MARCA] pic.twitter.com/SkELtgyrxo— Real madrid (@Bestteamreal) 7 February 2017
Real have been huge admirers of Aguero for a long time and they, like a number of other European giants, will be keen to see how this situation at City plays out. Reports suggest they will make him their biggest signing of the window with a €80million bid.
Keylor Navas has impressed during his time in Madrid, since joining in 2014 from Levante, but Real have never hidden their desire to bring in a more high-profile goalkeeper. De Gea was a target in the past and almost joined in 2015 in a deal that would have seen Navas move to Manchester United, but an issue with the paperwork put a stop to it and the Spain stopper signed a new contract at Old Trafford.
It is unlikely that Jose Mourinho will want to see one of his prized assets leave as he attempts to re-establish the Red Devils at the top of the Premier League. But as it stands, they are struggling to break into the Champions League spaces and failure to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition may turn De Gea’s head once again.
The final target, Dele Alli, has made waves since breaking into the Tottenham first team. He and Harry Kane have struck up a great partnership, leading Spurs in another title tilt after falling at the last hurdle to surprise package Leicester City.
If Alli is a genuine player of interest to Los Blancos, they may have to make room for him in the midfield. Their squad is full of quality and they have arguably the best in the world in terms of strength in depth. James Rodriguez and Isco are just two players in a similar position struggling to break into the team under Zidane.
Signing Alli would also cost a lot of money, with a £60million deal being mentioned, making the former MK Dons playmaker the most expensive English player in history.
Real Madrid are also no strangers to negotiating with Spurs, having signed Luka Modric and Gareth Bale from the White Hart Lane club. But chairman Daniel Levy notoriously drives a hard bargain, as he did with the Bale deal and that has frustrated the Spanish club’s president Florentino Perez in the past. That could impact whether the player moves to the Bernabeu.
With Cristiano Ronaldo turning 32 this week, Real may be on the lookout for a new talisman. Bale has been lined up to take over that mantle, but the likes of Alli, Aguero and De Gea would most certainly add more strength to an already incredible team.