Zidane targets Mbappe, Hazard, Neymar, Kane, Mane, Erikssen

March 20, 2019

Real Madrid‘s rebuilding plans took a step forward when they signed Porto defender Eder Militao last week.

He was given glowing praise by his current team-mate Iker Casillas on Monday with the Real Madrid legend saying he will fit in at the Santiago Bernabeu. Militao was not a Zinedine Zidane pick, however.

The club now need to set about making good on their promise to build a team for the French coach this summer, while also trying to give supporters what they want, and the president what he wants. Sportsmail looks at Real Madrid’s 10 top targets.

 

EDEN HAZARD 

Madrid have been knocked back on an opening bid but not told to ‘cease and desist’ and they have found that very encouraging.

It suggests that even if Chelsea are told they cannot register players this summer – as seems certain regardless of their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport – Hazard will still be allowed to leave.

This would make Zidane happy. it’s not the first time that he has asked the club to sign him and he finally he looks like getting his wish.

Eden Hazard, pictured in action against Everton on Sunday, is keen to leave Chelsea for Real

Eden Hazard, pictured in action against Everton on Sunday, is keen to leave Chelsea for Real

 

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN 

Madrid want a long term successor to Luka Modric and believe Eriksen could be the player.

They also understand that Tottenham have accepted they will let one player go this summer and that, with one year left on his contract, it will be the Dane.

No deal is going to be done, however, while Tottenham still have so much to play for.

 

SADIO MANE 

Antother Zidane pick although he has not been promised success on this one.

The list of strikers is a long one and he’s at the top because he’s the one Zidane wants, not the one the club believe they have the best chance of getting.

He’s on a long deal at Liverpool and Real Madrid are not optimistic.

They would have more chance of making Mohamad Salah Sergio Ramos’ new team-mate. He’d have more chance of being allowed to leave but Madrid need different qualities in the new forward.

Sadio Mane would be tough to prise from Liverpool

Christian Eriksen could replace Luka Modric

Premier League stars Sadio Mane (above) and Christian Eriksen are both targets for Real Madrid

 

He remains president Florentino Perez’s pick but raising the £200million-plus that would be needed to sign him is still a major stumbling block.

There is a desire on the Neymar side to make it happen, but Paris Saint Germain want to keep him.

For Madrid to be able to make the sort of offer that would change the French club’s mind they would have to raise considerable sums in the transfer market.

They will do their best to make that happen between now and the summer by putting saleable assets in the shop window instead of on the bench, but Madrid would have to cash in on at least three of Gareth Bale, Isco, Raphael Varane, Marco Asensio and Toni Kroos to bankroll a push for Neymar and pay his wages.

He also polls low among supporters.

Former Barcelona man Neymar is the top choice of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez

Former Barcelona man Neymar is the top choice of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez

 

LUKA JOVIC 

Nothing like a bit of Barcelona interest to get Real Madrid to turn their attention to a player.

He’s been the sensation of the Bundesliga this season at Frankfurt, but the problem for Real Madrid is that Barcelona seem some way down the line on making him theirs.

Just as Bayern have jumped in ahead of Madrid and all but secured Timo Werner.

Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic has attracted interest from La Liga giants Barcelona as well as Real

Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic has attracted interest from La Liga giants Barcelona as well as Real

 

KRZYSZTOF PIATEK 

He’s a natural goalscorer. But he only arrived at AC Milan in January and they have him on a five-year deal.

Krzysztof Piatek has been a huge hit since joining AC Milan from Genoa in the January window

Krzysztof Piatek has been a huge hit since joining AC Milan from Genoa in the January window

 

WISSAM BEN YEDDER 

A wildcard choice if other striking options fail. He has 28 goals in all competitions this season and knows La Liga.

Sevilla are a far easier club to deal with than the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool, although it tends to be Barcelona (Clement Lenglet, Ivan Rakitic, Dani Alves) that have benefitted from that over the years.

Wissam Ben Yedder has been in fine form for Sevilla and knows the Spanish top-flight well

 

Wissam Ben Yedder has been in fine form for Sevilla and knows the Spanish top-flight well

 

KYLIAN MBAPPE 

The impossible dream No 1.

Paris Saint Germain will not sell their crown jewel and the scenario in which he tries to force a move because he is impatient to win the Champions League and doesn’t believe he will in Paris, still seems some way away.

Real Madrid would love to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG but the club do not want to sell him

Real Madrid would love to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG but the club do not want to sell him

 

HARRY KANE 

The impossible dream No 2.

Frequently comes in second behind Mbappe as the player the supporters want to see at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the impossibility of getting someone on a long contract out of Spurs has long seen the club give up on the option.

Harry Kane is a popular option among Real Madrid fans after impressing for Tottenham

Harry Kane is a popular option among Real Madrid fans after impressing for Tottenham

 

JUNIOR FIRPO

The flying Real Betis left wing back is the No 1 target if Marcelo leaves in the summer.

Madrid have watched him last season and reached the conclusion that the 22-year-old, who has Spanish nationality, has what it takes to compete with Sergio Reguilon for the left back spot.

Real Betis left back Junior Firpo is Real Madrid's top target if Marcelo leaves this summer

Real Betis left back Junior Firpo is Real Madrid’s top target if Marcelo leaves this summer



SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk

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