Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane both recognise that they need to seek cover for Casemiro in this summer’s transfer window.
Eduardo Camavinga is at the top of the club’s wish list, but Rennes’ qualification for the Champions League has put a spanner in the works, following the conclusion of Ligue 1.
What seems clear is that Zidane is looking for his own version of Claude Makelele, having played with the midfielder during his playing days at Real Madrid and France.
There are four names Zidane is considering, all of whom are French, have similar characteristics and have played or currently play in Ligue 1: Camavinga, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni and Lille’s Boubakary Soumare.
Zidane may see the 17-year-old as the ideal player to come in, but the reality is that Camavinga has been tracked by Juni Calafat, the man responsible for signings at Real Madrid, for many years.
Calafat’s interest in Camavinga then went to another level when the midfielder made his first-team debut last season at just 16.
Los Blancos are determined to bring the Rennes prodigy to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, but there is talk that he would cost no less than 60 million euros.
In addition, Rennes coach Julien Stephan has stated that Camavinga would prefer to continue growing at the French club, especially now that they are going to be playing in the Champions League.
Real Madrid have already contacted those in the player’s environment and they know that Camavinga wants to join the club, because it is a dream for him to join Los Merengues and play under Zidane.
Zidane has always been a fan of Kante, while Real Madrid have tracked him ever since he played a key part in Leicester City surprisingly Premier League title in 2016.
Such were his performances at Leicester that Chelsea acted quickly to sign him in the summer of 2016, where he once again won the Premier League in 2017 before going on to lift the World Cup with France in 2018.
Kante is widely regarded as one of the best holding midfielders in the world and is valued at 80 million euros.
At 29 years old, his name is always associated with Real Madrid in the English and French press.
The Lille midfielder has burst onto the scene this season, and at 21 he is more accomplished than Camavinga.
However, Soumare would not come cheap as Liverpool and Manchester United are also keen on signing him, while Wolverhampton Wanderers offered 40 million euros for him last summer, a bid Lille turned down.
According to L’Equipe, the price tag on Soumare’s head is 60 million euros.
Tchouameni’s transfer value is 15 million euros, according to Transfermarkt, and he would be a player for the future at 20 years old.
After joining Monaco from Bordeaux for 18 million euros at the end of January 2020, Tchouameni struggled to force his way into Robert Moreno’s plans.
As in the case of Soumare, he has been a France international at youth level but has not yet played for Didier Deschamps’ senior side.