According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Real Madrid’ coach Zinedine Zidane will meet with Real’ president Florentino Pérez and with Real’ CEO José Ángel Sánchez next week to plan the team of next season.
There is one player whose name we will be listening all the summer: Paul Pogba. He’s an express request of Zidane, who has been looking at him those years like he did with Varane and Hazard. In fact, Real bought Varane because French coach recommended him and he also recommended Belgian player when he was yet in Lille.
The problem is the excessive price of French midfielder. Juventus demand €140 million and Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola also requires €20 million as commission. Furthermore, although their relationship is fluid, the Italian champion has always been a very tough negotiator. We must remember Zidane’ transfer to Real from Juve in 2001 set a record price (€75 million) until Real bought Cristiano Ronaldo (€94 million).
They will also talk about two important players who have lost protagonism in the team: Isco and James. Few weeks ago, ‘Zizou’ said “Isco is our player and he doesn’t move” but he will have to convince Real executives because of the overbooking of midfielders. The same situation with James. His performance was worse than Isco’s season but he’s playing very well in the Copa América and it looks the club trust him.
In the other hand, alternate players like Mateo Kovacic, Nacho Fernández, Jesé Rodríguez and even Martin Odegaard, are waiting to know their future. A lot of clubs want them and they will have to decide if they sell as transfered or as loaned, although Jesé and Odegaard are the most options have to be loaned. Now, only Cheryshev’ transfer is resolved (to Villarreal).
Finally, they also must decide what to do with players who come back after a year loaned like Marco Asensio, Diego Llorente, Fabio Coentrao, Burgui. For now, it looks Asensio is only the player who will participate in the pre-season with the first team in Canada and USA.