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Real Madrid’s new Galacticos: Hazard, Mbappe, Neymar and Eriksen on Zidane’s wishlist

 Zidane prepares to spend big this summer to overhaul Bernabeu squad

Zinedine Zidane won three successive Champions League titles in his first spell as Real Madrid coach

Zinedine Zidane’s return as head coach of Real Madrid could spark an almighty transfer scramble around Europe this summer.

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Just 284 days since resigning from the Bernabeu top job the Frenchman is back at the helm following the sacking of Santiago Solari on Monday.

With Real out of the Champions League and 12 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, Zidane will be charged with overhauling a struggling squad at the end of the season.

The Guardian’s Sid Lowe calls the re-hiring of Zidane a “masterstroke” while the Daily Mail’s Pete Jenson believes that his return is “great news for some, but for other stars it couldn’t be much worse”.

Here we look at who Zidane could target to bring success back to the Bernabeu and the players that could leave.

Hazard the No.1 target

The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea star Eden Hazard is Real Madrid’s top transfer target this summer. The Blues fear that they cannot stop the Belgian from leaving Stamford Bridge and ESPN says that the west London club will demand at least £100m for the 28-year-old.

Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri has admitted to Sky Sports that while the club’s players are “afraid” of losing their team-mate, he hopes Hazard will stay. Emerson said: “I personally cannot see him leaving, but you never know in football. Like Chelsea fans, we are afraid that he might leave, I still believe that he will stay and we really want him to stay.”

Meanwhile, The Guardian says that Hazard is “determined” to join Real now that Zidane has returned as head coach. The Daily Telegraph reports that Chelsea are “planning for life after Hazard”.

Brazil forward Neymar and Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard are both linked with Real Madrid

Neymar, Mbappe, Mane and Pogba on the list?

It’s not just Eden Hazard who is on Real’s shopping list. The Daily Mail says that a number of world stars are being considered for Zidane’s “summer transfer splurge”.

Liverpool striker Sadio Mane was linked with Real last year and he could again be a target for Zidane, as could Paris Saint-Germain duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

The Metro says that PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel has “laughed off” claims from Real president Florentino Pérez that Neymar and Mbappe are on the Madrid wishlist.

Ericksen wanted

Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen has recently been linked with a move to Real Madrid and the Daily Mirror reports that the Danish international is once again a target for the Spanish giants.

Tussle for Tagliafico

Ajax left-back Nicolás Tagliafico is a target for a number of European clubs. The Argentine has been linked with Arsenal but Real Madrid will hope to beat the Gunners to his signature. Liverpool, Manchester United and Atlético Madrid are also interested says The Guardian.

Militao on his way

Porto defender Eder Militao is expected to move to Real Madrid this summer, AS reports, with the Brazilian verbally agreeing a transfer.

Real Madrid signed Welsh forward Gareth Bale from Tottenham in 2013

Who could leave Real Madrid?

It’s not just the in-tray that Zidane will have to deal with this summer. His squad overhaul could also see the departures of many stars from the Bernabeu.

Bale and Modric out, Eriksen in?

The Daily Mirror reports that Welsh international Gareth Bale will be used “as the bait” to land Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.

This season Bale has failed to step into the shoes vacated by Cristiano Ronaldo and Real could use him as part of the deal to sign Eriksen.

According to Football.London Crotian midfielder Luka Modric has also been linked with a move to Arsenal or Inter Milan.

Busy out-tray

ESPN’s Gabriele Marcotti and Graham Hunter expect “a summer of change” in the Spanish capital.

The duo have analysed the current Real squad and among the players they think should be sold include goalkeeper Keylor Navas; defenders Marcelo and Theo Hernandez; midfielders Toni Kroos, Isco, Mateo Kovacic, James Rodriguez and Martin Odegaard; and forwards Gareth Bale, Mariano Diaz, Raul de Tomas and Borja Mayoral.

Marcotti and Hunter say: “Real Madrid will have money to spend, potentially more than anyone in history if they can shift even some of the players who need to be shifted.

Mfon Udoh and Ilechukwu win LBA for February

Akwa United forward Mfon Udoh and MFM FC’s Fidelis Ilechukwu have been

named League Bloggers Awards (LBA) Player and Manager for the month ofJanuary respectively.

Both men claimed the individual prizes for their outstanding outingsin January with their clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football

League (NPFL).

Udoh came out tops ahead of Abdulrahman Bashir of Enyimba, Tasiu Lawalof Katsina United and Fuad Ekelojuoti of Sunshine Stars.

The Akwa United man netted four goals and provided two assists in themonth under review — meaning he was directly involved in six of his club’s 10 goals in February.

MFM head coach Ilechukwu had to fend off serious competition from AkwaUnited’s Brazilian trainer Rafael Everton as well as Usman Abd’Allahof Enyimba and Ibrahim Musa of Kano Pillars.

The race was narrowed down to Ilechukwu and Everton who led theirteams to unbeaten outings in the month under review. However Ilechukwuclaimed the manager’s prize for a flawless outing in which MFM won all four of their matches compared to Akwa United who won four and drewone having played an extra game more.

Abd’Allah’s Enyimba finished February with three wins, a draw and aloss while Kano Pillars under Musa won three of their four matches,losing at Go Round at the start of last month.

LBA’s next announcement for the player and manager’s nominees in Marchwill be released in early April.

Mfon Udoh and Ilechukwu win LBA for February Akwa United forward Mfon Udoh and MFM FC’s Fidelis Ilechukwu have been

named League Bloggers Awards (LBA) Player and Manager for the month of

January respectively.

Both men claimed the individual prizes for their outstanding outingsin January with their clubs in the Nigeria Professional FootballLeague (NPFL).

Udoh came out tops ahead of Abdulrahman Bashir of Enyimba, Tasiu Lawal of Katsina United and Fuad Ekelojuoti of Sunshine Stars.

The Akwa United man netted four goals and provided two assists in themonth under review — meaning he was directly involved in six of hisclub’s 10 goals in February.

MFM head coach Ilechukwu had to fend off serious competition from Akwa United’s Brazilian trainer Rafael Everton as well as Usman Abd’Allahof Enyimba and Ibrahim Musa of Kano Pillars.

The race was narrowed down to Ilechukwu and Everton who led their teams to unbeaten outings in the month under review. However Ilechukwu claimed the manager’s prize for a flawless outing in which MFM won all

four of their matches compared to Akwa United who won four and drewone having played an extra game more.

Abd’Allah’s Enyimba finished February with three wins, a draw and aloss while Kano Pillars under Musa won three of their four matches, losing at Go Round at the start of last month.

LBA’s next announcement for the player and manager’s nominees in March will be released in early April.

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