Sadio Mane to Real Madrid: Balague provides definitive transfer update on Liverpool star – Express

Sadio Mane to Real Madrid: Balague provides definitive transfer update on Liverpool star - Express

Eden Hazard, Christian Eriksen and Sadio Mane are on Zinedine Zidanes list

Real Madrids 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 Madrids 10 top targets.

Madrids leaders are clear – theyre not going to give away players, nor are they interested in listening to offers. Florentino Perez, Jose Angel Sanches and Zinedine Zidane will speak to their players before deciding what is the best way forward for the club, but as things stand they are not giving in to anyones demands.

Transfer news: Its hard to improve Real Madrid – Alvaro Arbeloa sees little reason for Galactico signings amid Neymar, Kylian Mbappe & Eden Hazard talk

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

Varanes name currently tops that list, then comes Gareth Bale, Isco and Karim Benzema and the rest. The players are still highly valued on the market and the club are estimating that with three or four departures they could have almost 200 million euros to reinvest.

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. 

Arbeloa: There arent many players who can improve Real Madrid

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

There are players at the club who have won it all already, and many of the squad will be wanted by other clubs. But even if they themselves are lacking the motivation to stay at the elite level, the club arent willing to part ways with the talent they have.

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. 

They are aware that the summer will be long. Madrid will make moves and clubs will try to take players from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, while others will try to milk Los Blancos for as much money as they can.

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

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

Real Madrid are unlikely to be improved significantly by a series of Galactico signings, according to Alvaro Arbeloa.

Despite their problems this season, Madrid are still able to boast some of the worlds best players, and Arbeloa thinks the squad is hard to make better.

Having brought back Zinedine Zidane as head coach this month, president Florentino Perez is said to be prepared to sanction huge spending ahead of next season in order to revitalise the playing squad.

“Hes going to count on everyone, he has had the best team to work with and these next ten games will be played at as high a level as possible.”

Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen are among a host of star names linked with a possible move to the Santiago Bernabeu, while a deal to sign Porto defender Eder Militao has already been agreed.

Zidanes return has brought new life to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and the ex-defender is backing the Frenchman to succeed again.

But Arbeloa says it will be tough to buy better players than those already at the club, who helped them to win four Champions Leagues in five seasons.

“I see a squad thats difficult to improve,” the former full-back told El Chiringuito. “Outside of Real Madrid, there arent many players who can improve what there is at the club right now.

Zidane made a lot of changes in his first starting XI after returning, but Arbeloa wasnt surprised by his selection.

“The word revolution doesnt fit for me. These are the same players who won four Champions Leagues. I dont think the problem at Madrid is one of age.”

“There arent many players who can improve whats already at the club, and I dont like the word revolution.

While a number of players have been tipped to join the club, Gareth Bale continues to be linked with a move away from the Spanish capital.

Uncertainty surrounds Raphael Varanes future at Real Madrid, so much so that the Frenchman is even considering a change of club this summer and he remains unconvinced about his life at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu beyond the next few months.

The Wales star has been targeted by fans for some ineffective performances and struggled to earn a regular spot in Santiago Solaris plans before his sacking.

Arbeloa thinks Bales problem has been an inability to prove to the watching world that he is fully committed to the Madrid cause.

French newspaper LEquipe are behind the reports of his apparent confusion, though they themselves arent ruling out that it could be a way of Varane bargaining for a new contract.

“I think Bale hasnt been able to sell his commitment to Madrid outside,” he said. “He speaks Spanish, but he doesnt feel comfortable doing it with the media. He has scored very important goals in finals and Im sorry hes been so crushed.”

But this isnt the first time he has thought about leaving the Bernabeu and he did try back in 2015/15 when Sergio Ramos and Pepe were the starting central defensive pairing.

Arbeloa is delighted to see Zidane complete a shock return to the club he left last May, although he thinks it is too much to expect Madrid to close the 12-point gap in La Liga to leaders Barcelona.

“For Madrid fans, he was a legend as a player and also as a coach. There is no greater excitement for Madrid fans than having Zidane come back,” Arbeloa said.

Varane wasnt playing as much as he would have liked and Manchester United were interested, but he eventually signed a renewal.

“He inspires because he was an idol for a lot of players. Everyone likes him. Its easy to listen when he talks and try to understand him.”

He added: “Its very difficult to win the league. Barca are very good and its very tough. I cant see Barca dropping many points.”

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