Real Madrid hands Zidane a blank check

Real Madrid has reportedly given Zidane a $560 million war chest to overhaul the roster this summer.

With Real Madrid being linked with 2018 FIFA World Cup-winning duo Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba, Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane has reportedly identified one of Cristiano Ronaldo’s current teammates as another transfer target.

The Spanish giants are poised for a major squad revamp in the next window, with as many as 14 players tipped to leave the club as well as the potential arrivals of a few high-profile stars.

Premier League superstars Christian Eriksen, Eden Hazard and Pogba are said to be the subject of interest from Real, while, according to France Football, the 13-time UEFA Champions League winners have tabled a world-record bid of €280 million for Mbappe.

In the latest news, Italian publication Tuttosport has reported that Zidane has earmarked Bosnia international Miralem Pjanic as a priority signing for next season.

The Frenchman reportedly met with Los Blancos president Florentino Perez to reveal his admiration for the Juventus midfielder, whose contract with the Bianconeri expires in 2023.

Should Real decide to pursue Pjanic, they will have to fork out in the region of €90 million for the 28-year-old, according to Tuttosport, which would make the midfielder the Spaniards’ third-most expensive transfer ever, behind Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Pjanic has made 34 appearances across all competitions for Juve so far this season, finding the back of the net on four occasions and being registering four assists too.

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