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Zidane targets French starlet as the new Casemiro

Zidane targets French starlet as Casemiro's replacement

March 27, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
The signing of the 22-year-old footballer would force Los Blancos to part ways with either the Brazilian midfilder or with Marcos Llorente.

Real Madrid's overhaul will be one of the most discussed topics during the summer, but Los Blancos want to start early in their efforts to boost their squad.

With that in mind, French boss Zinedine Zidane has identified a number of spots in the team's lineup that need a little help, and one of those is the holding midfielder position.

Casemiro became a lock in Zidane's starting XI during his first stint with Los Blancos, but the Brazilian ace has underperformed during the current campaign. Even if he respects the A Canarinha midfielder, Zidane knows that he needs another reliable defensive midfielder, and he has targeted Tanguy Ndombele as the right man for the job, according to As.

The 22-year-old midfielder played a key role in Olympique Lyon's run in the UEFA Champions League this season, with his stellar moment coming against Barcelona in the first leg of their Round of 16 matchup. Ndombele made his debut with the French National Team last year, and has also caught the eye of PSG and Manchester City's scouts. 

Real Madrid and Lyon execs have an excellent relationship, especially due to their recent transfers involving Mariano. In fact, the striker is one of Lyon's transfer targets, and a possible cash-plus-player deal could be in the works to make everyone happy, according to the Spanish newspaper.

Ndombele has scored two goals and handed out seven assists in the 2018-19 season. He has played over 54 matches for Lyon in the past two seasons, and despite his physical presence, he has only been booked twice. 

 

 


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