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The Madrid clubs, Real and Atletico are set to be handed a transfer ban as from next January when the transfer market for winter opens. The 2-window transfer ban is as a result of transfer irregularities involving their young players, and both clubs are already planning to make the most of the summer transfer as they won’t be able to get involved in any business afterwards. Despite winning the Champions League, much changes are being targeted by Los Blancos as the squad showed many moments of weaknesses during the campaigns. Although a majority of the starting 11 players are set to remain, the club have transfer targets that are being eyed as long-term replacement and backup options. Zinedine Zidane will be confirmed permanently as the coach after landing the Champions League, and the French legend will be having the final says as per who arrives and leaves.

Top of Madrid’s radar is Juventus star and France international, Paul Pogba, reports Goal. The 23-year-old was constantly linked with a move last summer before agreeing to remain at Turin after the departure of Vidal and Pirlo. Madrid’s Florentino Perez still has his eyes on the former United youth player, with the Manchester club also interested in bringing him back. A move away from Juventus has always been on the cards for the versatile midfielder, and Madrid will have successfully added another Galaticos to the squad if they beat other competitors to his signature. He is yet to agree to a contract renewal with the Old Lady, and Madrid still have a chance to land him if all things go on right.

Another player high on top of Madrid’s wish list is Manchester United’s ace goalie, David Degea. Despite failing to land him due to a last-minute error last summer, and Navas’ brilliance during last campaign, Madrid still want the former Atletico Madrid shot stopper. They see the 24-year-old as a long-term option for the number 1 position, and they are even willing to sign and loan him immediately back to United until the summer of 2017. The temptation of returning home to one of the best club sides is there for the 4-time Manchester United player of the season, and the Red Devils will face a daunting task of keeping their star man.

Also in the EPL, Madrid have eyes on Chelsea’s duo of Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard, alongside Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez. The Belgians are seen as options provided Degea fails to agree to a move, and if Kroos departs. The title-winning players are however seen as additions to the team as the coming season promises to come with hectic demands week-in, week-out.

It is the Bundesliga that has the highest concentration of Real Madrid targets, as the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba, Ricardo Rodriguez, Christoph Kramer, and Leroy Sane are all under Madrid’s radar as the attack, midfield and defence need further strengthening towards the coming season.

The central back duo of Pepe and Ramos will soon have age catch up with them, and with Varane due to leave, Madrid want to bring in Atletico’s Jose Gimenez. Real Madrid’s enormous target list is understandable as they are are trying to buy the quality players in advance over the course of the transfer windows they are set to miss. But with the financial fair play rule in place, there is a limit to how much they can spend.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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