Real Madrid need to plan their midfield for next season.
What seems clear is that players will arrive to reinforce and refresh the side, but there are still a number of options open and exactly who will come in remains uncertain.
The player who looks closest to joining is Ajax‘s Donny van de Beek. He’s been clear that he won’t say anything about his future until the end of the season, though.
But Real Madrid, and particularly Zinedine Zidane, have other priorities in mind.
Paul Pogba is clearly the coach’s preferred target and Ivan Le Mee, Ferland Mendy‘s agent who knows the French market well, told Tuttosport on Thursday that he’s convinced that Zidane will make a big push for the World Cup winner this summer.
Another factor is that Pogba‘s contract will only have one year to run by the summer, which should see Manchester United‘s demands drop from the 180 million euros asked for last season to a more reasonable 100 million euros.
Eduardo Camavinga is one of the alternatives, though in truth he wouldn’t come for much cheaper.
The white club have made contact with his agent, Moussa Sissoko, and Rennes‘ internal crisis could help him find a way out.
Real Madrid have been following him for a long time, but at 17 years old he’d already cost around 80 million euros.
Then there’s Martin Odegaard‘s case.
In principle there’s an agreement for him to spend another year at Real Sociedad, but Los Blancos haven’t ruled his return out.