Exclusive – Real Madrid are eyeing a trio of French signings, with Los Blancos hoping to bring in Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Eduardo Camavinga in the near future.
The club regained the La Liga title last season and manager Zinedine Zidane is keen to tighten their grip over Spanish football with some high profile signings in the not so distant future.
For the last year, Zidane has repeatedly told Real president Florentino Perez he would like to add Mbappe, Pogba and N’Golo Kanté to his squad. While those first two players remain on the club’s radar, a source has told 90min that Camavinga is now preferred to Kanté.
The wonderkid broke into the first team at Stade Rennais last season and has already made close to 50 appearances for his boyhood club. The 17-year-old scored an audacious bicycle kick on his France debut recently and Los Blancos believe he is ready for first team football.
“Pogba is desired by Zidane, as is Camavinga – he would have liked Kante and thought he could come in and play before letting Camavinga fill that role, but they don’t think there is that need anymore,” a club source has told 90min.
Manchester United and a host of other sides are also interested in the youngster, who is likely to command a hefty transfer fee. Despite this, Real are determined to get their man and, after failing to make a single signing during the 2020 summer transfer window, they are in a good position for the inevitable bidding war to come.
Pogba recently spoke about Real, admitting ‘all players would love to play’ for the Spanish giants.
Meanwhile, Los Blancos remain eager on securing a deal for Mbappe, another long term target. Zidane believes the young Frenchman will take over the mantle from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the world’s best player.
“Mbappe is the jewel in the crown – Perez wants him and has money set aside for that deal, they won’t be beaten on finance and as long as the player wants to come, they will get him,” the club source added.