REAL MADRID boss Zinedine Zidane is set to assemble a brand new set of Galacticos this summer.
Los Blancos have endured a torrid 2018-19 season, burning through managers, failing to compete in La Liga and crashing out early in their favourite competition – the Champions League.
With Zidane back just nine months after originally leaving the Bernabeu, he’s set to be given carte blanche with the transfer budget.
Zizou knows just what it takes to be a part of the Galacticos too – having been in the “original” group in the 2003-04 season.
The former France ace starred alongside the likes of David Beckham, Ronaldo, Raul, Luis Figo and Roberto Carlos.
But should Zidane get his way in landing the likes of Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, Sadio Mane, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, would they be even better than the “original Galacticos”?
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THE NEW GALACTICOS
“ALL change, please…”
That’s surely set to be the sentiment of Zidane this summer, who’s forward ranks particularly have looked worryingly sub-par – at least by Real’s lofty standards – since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure last summer.
Gareth Bale remains injury-prone and inconsistent, while Vinicius Jr is a very raw prospect, albeit talented, at this stage.
Therefore Zidane’s No1 priority will be to bring in THREE superstar signings – and he’s being tipped to raid the Premier League.
Hazard is evidently Los Blancos’ top transfer target, but Zidane is also rumoured to be preparing to rekindle his interest in on-fire Liverpool star Mane.
Paris Saint-Germain are desperate to balance the books in order to avoid being in breach of Financial Fair Play restrictions.
That means Kylian Mbappe is likely to be sold – and maybe even Neymar – as they look to plug a £130million gap.
Mbappe wreaking havoc in the middle with Hazard and Mane either side would easily be the best strikeforce in Europe – exactly what Real want.
With Toni Kroos set to leave this summer, Pogba and Kante are set to be brought in.
Kante could be lured to the Spanish capital by the promise of being played in his preferred central defensive midfield position – with Maurizio Sarri shunting him out right at Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Pogba has endured a turbulent season at Manchester United – and despite enjoying a renaissance under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is no dead-cert to stay at Old Trafford.
In defence, the only change would be to bring in Benfica star Alex Grimaldo – tipped to be one of the hottest prospects in European football.
He would join Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal in a back four, in front of Thibaut Courtois.
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THE ORIGINAL GALACTICOS
SOME things just can’t be replaced – Real Madrid are learning that the hard way in life after Cristiano.
But in truth, perhaps the term “Galacticos” should have died out after the 2003-04 crop went their separate ways.
After all, they’re easily one of the greatest XIs ever assembled, starting from the very back with Iker Casillas in goal.
A back-four of Roberto Carlos, Francisco Pavon, Ivan Helguera and Michel Salgado was one of the best all-round defensive groups on the planet.
A midfield of current boss Zidane, along with Guti, Luis Figo and David Beckham is simply astonishing.
Add to that a striking pair of Raul and Brazilian Ronaldo and you’ve got yourself a team of superstars – hence the original “Galacticos” moniker.
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