Real Madrid ready to replace Cristiano Ronaldo with world-class £145m pair: Zidane makes astonishing summer transfer plans
Real Madrid have already set the wheels in motion on Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure by plotting moves for two world class youngsters to replace him.
Ronaldo shocked the footballing world by informing Los Blancos of his desire tp leave the club just weeks after helping them lift their twelfth European Cup by scoring twice against Juventus in a 4-1 win. It is believed the Portuguese international is not happy with the lack of support after being targeted by the Spanish tax authorities, despite the club releasing a statement stating they believed their talisman to be innocent.
Quite who can afford Ronaldo, or what he will cost, is yet to be known. He only recently penned a new long-term contract at the Santiago Bernabeu, which runs until he is 36. Now 32, he will still have a lot of suitors because he is still at the very top of his game, albeit having slightly altered his style over the last few years. Former club Manchester United, with whom he spent six years between 2003 and 2009, have already been linked, as have French moneybags Paris Saint-Germain.
But Real are believed to have accepted his decision and are now looking to sign Juve star Paulo Dybala and Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe. Both players are considerably younger than Ronaldo, with the former 23 and the latter just 18.
According to the Metro, both players are on a shortlist alongside Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. Dybala played a key role in helping his side meet Real in the Champions League final, but was seemingly powerless to stop Ronaldo and his teammates running riot. He has committed his future to the Italian side, who he joined from Palermo in 2015, but with the financial power generated by any sale of Ronaldo, both he and Juve could be tempted in agreeing a £65million deal to see him move to Spain this summer.
Mbappe is possibly even more in demand, given his age and how quickly he has burst onto the scene in the last year or so. The Frenchman has made his full international debut and helped Monaco to the Champions League semi final and the Ligue 1 title. His club are understandably keen to keep him and have placed a world-record-beating £130million price tag on his head, but Real are confident they can get him for around £80million.
Any interest from Los Blancos is no news to Mbappe, who he has recently claimed have wanted to sign him since he was just 14. It would be a good betting tip to back him heading to the club soon.