Zinedine Zidane 'Would Prefer To Sign Kylian Mbappe Over Neymar' For Real Madrid

Neymar has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid over the years and it does have the makings of a very predictable transfer.

Only last week, SPORT reported that Los Blancos are eyeing up a staggering £350 million summer bid for the Brazilian but it seems as though their stance has changed following the return of Zinedine Zidane as manager.

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AS, another Spanish outlet, say that Zidane never wanted to sign the former Barcelona superstar during his first spell at the helm and there are a number of factors as to why.

Zidane was of the opinion that instead of forking out big bucks to land the Brazilian, Real would be better off spending it elsewhere on players who would be more about playing for the team than themselves.

The 27-year old's regular trips back to his native Brazil was also said to be a concern for Zidane, who has now managed to get Real on the same terms regarding Neymar.

With Vinicius Jr performing impressively and emerging as an important for Los Blancos, the need for Neymar has lessened somewhat despite him fitting the profile of what Florentino Perez views as a 'Galactico' signing.

Instead, it's said that the 13-time European champions are more keen on Neymar's PSG colleague Kylian Mbappe, a player that Zidane has tried bring to the club in the past.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Perez is hopeful that by having Zidane sign a deal until 2022, it will help them in the pursuit of the World Cup winner.

Yesterday, Real completed the first signing of the second Zidane, confirming the €50 million capture of Porto defender Éder Militão, who has signed a six-year deal with the Santiago Bernabeu club.

Both Manchester United and Juventus were linked with the 21-year old but Real have stolen march, paid his release clause and sealed the deal.

Militão's arrival looks set to be the first of many in an expected drastic overhaul of the Real squad, with Zidane reportedly to be handed a huge transfer budget of £300 million to improve the current team.

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