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Real Madrid will reportedly be looking to make Kylian Mbappe their marquee signing this summer with a few more targets on their list. But they will likely have to fund any moves through player sales and up to six first-team regular could be on their way out of the club. Express Sport takes a look at how Real could look next season with a host of changes expected.
One position unlikely to be changed any time soon is in goal with Thibaut Courtois very much established as the No 1 choice.
Los Blancos showed their faith in the Belgium international from the moment he joined in 2018, signing him up to a six-year contract.
And Courtois is very much in his prime at 28 years of age, providing some stability to Real’s back line.
Young Andriy Lunin was signed in the same summer that Courtois joined but appears to be a long way off challenging for a start place at Real.
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DEF: Mendy, Alaba, Varane, Carvajal
Sergio Ramos’ future at the Bernabeu remains uncertain and is one of several players reportedly set to be axed this summer.
Marcelo is also on the chopping block having already fallen out of favour under Zinedine Zidane.
Raphael Varane is another player who could supposedly be sold but he may be harder to shift if the right bid doesn’t come in.
The Frenchman remains a key component of Real’s defence and he could well partner David Alaba next season with the Bayern Munich star a top target for Los Blancos.
Benjamin Mendy and Dani Carvajal will be expected to remains as the first-choice full-backs going forward.
MID: Casemiro, Pogba, Kroos
There’s also likely to be some change in midfield with Paul Pogba continuing to be linked with a move to the Bernabeu.
Isco looks set to be sold by Real this summer having started just five La Liga matches this campaign without finding the net as of yet.
And Luka Modric will be 36 years of age at the start of next season, meaning his minutes may decrease next year.
The experienced pair of Casemiro and Toni Kroos will likely remain but Pogba’s addition would add a new dimension to Zidane’s squad.
FWD: Vinicius, Mbappe, Benzema
The biggest changes may well come up front though with Mbappe the main target for the summer.
While Gareth Bale has said he plans to return to Real next season, reports claim that he will not be in Zidane’s plans.
And Eden Hazard has even been linked with a move away from Real following another difficult season in Spain.
Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema have been the preferred attacking players this campaign, with the latter enjoying an incredible year in front of goal.
And he may well be joined by compatriot Mbappe with PSG yet to secure his long-term future.
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