Zinedine Zidane took over as Real Madrid boss in January, taking over from embattled manager Rafa Benitez, and proceeded to help the Bernabeu side to a Champions League triumph.
However there is no doubt the Spanish giants will invest heavily in their squad this summer as they seek to wrestle domestic superiority from arch-rivals Barcelona, who have now secured back to back La Liga titles, and money will be made available by club president Florentino Perez.
AS claim Zidane has his sights set on a number of high-profile targets and clearly Real Madrid have the pulling power to capture just about any target they wish.
Top of Zidane’s wish-list is a certain Paul Pogba, who is also being frantically pursued by Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, and the French international’s asking price will have increased off the back of his performances at the Euro 2016 finals.
Manchester United are ready to fork out £100m to land the 23-year-old and Juventus will no doubt hope for a bidding war to help boost the sale price and the time may be right for a fresh challenge for Pogba, who has won Serie A titles in each of his four seasons in Turin.
£60m rated Pole Robert Lewandowski is seen by Zidane as a possible alternative to Karim Benzema, with the Frenchman having significant off field issues to deal with, and the Bayern Munich man may be tempted by a move to the Spanish capital though a lot could depend on how he feels the Bundesliga side will fare under new manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The 27-year-old lethal finisher bagged 42 goals in all competitions last season, including a memorable five goal haul against Wolfsburg.
By all accounts Zidane is seeking a new right-sided player and sees another Bayern Munich star, David Alaba, as a strong target. It would take a fee in excess of £45m to land the young Austrian, who has already racked up over 200 appearances for the Bavarian side.
Alaba endured a miserable Euro 2016 but is still very much considered one of the best players plying their trade in Europe.
AS believe Zinedine Zidane is keen to freshen up his central midfield options, with Toni Kroos tempted by a possible move to the Premier League, and with a view to bringing in an out and out defensive midfield presence the French boss is hot on the heels of Leicester City’s £30m rated battle N’Golo Kante.
Kante has experienced a meteoric rise over the past 12 months, moving from Le Havre to the King Power Stadium, playing a key role in the Foxes shock Premier League title triumph which in turn led to a French national team call-up and a primary role in Didier Deschamps’ Euro 2016 finals starting eleven.
The tough tackler may feel he has achieved as much as he can at Leicester City and a move to Real Madrid would surely prove tempting.
On their Way Out?
In order to help balance the books, and to help clear space for such additions, Zidane will no doubt look to cash in on a number of players who are surplus to requirements.
Among these would certainly be Colombian James Rodriguez, who is said to be on his way to PSG, Spanish midfielder Isco and bit-part player Mateo Kovacic who have been linked with moves to Man City and Liverpool respectively.