Zinedine Zidane is expected to add a handful of superstars to Real Madrid’s glittering squad ahead of his first full season in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.
It is difficult to identify any weaknesses in a team featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos, but for a club that consider failure no option, the Spanish giants are expected to pursue some of the biggest and best players in world football this summer.
With the prospective sale of Alvaro Morata likely to inject upwards of £50 million into an already massive transfer kitty, Madrid could have the financial muscle to build one of the most formidable club sides in recent history.
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Los Blancos are renowned for their efficiency when it comes to securing transfer targets and their track record should have the rest of Europe trembling.
If Zidane and company manage to land these three names they are linked with in the media, few look capable of stopping them from winning their 12th Champions League and 33rd La Liga titles.
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Paul Pogba – one of the most in-demand players of the summer – has reportedly hinted Madrid is only the place he would go if he leaves Juventus this summer.
The powerhouse 23-year-old forms a key part of the France team at Euro 2016 and would prove a hugely significant addition even to one of the best midfields in world football.
With Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain also thought to be in the running for his signature, Pogba will likely command an enormous transfer fee nearing the £100 million mark.
Similar to the Madrid squad overall, David Alaba virtually has no flaws in his game, and few are surprised the La Liga giants have expressed an interesting in signing the Austria international.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, Bayern Munich have set an €80 million asking price for the 23-year-old after rejecting an initial €50 million bid from Madrid earlier in June.
It is difficult to fathom a club paying that kind of money for a left-back by trade, but if Zidane wants to secure an adequate long-term replacement for Marcelo, he can expect to be forced to spend big.
Despite being the most affordable signing on this list by far, N’Golo Kante is capable of having the same impact as Pogba and Alaba.
The Daily Mail reports Real are considering activating a £20 million release clause in the Leicester star’s contract as they seek to reinforce their central midfield options.
Casemiro is currently the sole defensive midfielder at Zidane’s disposal, and the Frenchman believes Kante’s energy and tackling prowess is worthy of a place in his midfield.
MADRID’S POTENTIAL XI FOR 2016-17
Madrid could form a sterling defence with Keylor Navas in goal behind a back four of Alaba, Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.
In a mouthwatering midfield trio, Pogba and Kante could provide the muscle and dynamism to protect Luka Modric and allow him to utilise his creative talents.
And, of course, the enviable front three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Bezema to round off the team.
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