Madrid want Pogba, Kane and Mbappe in dream line-up for next season

Real Madrid’s dream line-up: Zinedine Zidane favours the French, fans want Galacticos and the board is obsessed by youth… could Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane all be about to pull on the famous white jersey?

  • Real Madrid are plotting a huge summer overhaul ahead of next season
  • The board want youth while fans are desperate for a return of the Galaticos
  • Sportsmail outline what Madrid’s dream line-up for next season would look like

Karim Benzema’s Instagram made for interesting reading on Monday. Not usually given over to sentimentalism he posted a picture of himself with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale alongside the caption: ‘Légendaire BBC’. 

The homage to the Bale-Benzema-Cristiano forward line felt like a throwback to the last time Real Madrid had the sort of Hollywood A-list first XI that was once their hallmark. 

As the board remains obsessed with youth and the coach seems to favour the French, many of the club’s fans just want a return to the days when the world’s most expensive players ended up signing for their club. 

Sportsmail asks what XI Zindine Zidane will be allowed to build next season.

It feels like last time Real Madrid had A-list stars in their XI was when these three – (from left) Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo – were up front

Zinedine Zidane wants to rebuild his squad for next season and has began his summer plans

As it stands:

Vinicius, Benzema, Isco

Vinicius had established himself as first-choice left wing in the absence of the injured Eden Hazard. And Isco is back in Zidane’s favour. Benzema had brushed off the competition from Luka Jovic.

The dream line-up:

Mbappe, Kane, Hazard

Real Madrid have never hidden their desire to sign Kylian Mbappe. Harry Kane would be Florentino Perez’s perfect signing at centre-forward and Hazard would have to accommodate the two new arrivals by switching from the left to the right. 

The trouble is PSG will not allow Mbappe to leave while he still has two years left on his contract. Madrid’s best chance is to wait until 2022. And Kane’s transfer fee, there’s talk of £200million, plus wages would be beyond Real Madrid. 

They had hoped to work a Gareth Bale-plus-cash deal but they recognise now that it’s a non-starter. Even with one of their own, Jose Mourinho, in the Tottenham camp it looks beyond them.

Harry Kane would be the perfect player to lead the line for Real Madrid next season

Madrid have been long-time admirers of Kylian Mbappe but it’s unlikely they could sign him

The likely scenario:

Hazard, Erling Haaland, Benzema

For Hazard it will be debut season take two. The Belgium international will be fit to start the campaign unlike in 2019. 

And Erling Haaland could arrive from Dortmund if Real Madrid can persuade them to part company with a player they signed in January for just €20m from Salzburg. Madrid believe there is a clause of €75m (£65m) making Haaland a far more realistic target than Kane. 

Benzema is one of Real Madrid’s great survivors and could still feature alongside the Norwegian in his first season at the club. For the Haaland and Mbappe partnership, Madrid will have to wait until the Frenchman is in his final year.

Erling Haaland is a more realistic target for Madrid and could join in a £65m deal this summer


As it stands:

Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos

Luka Modric was edged out by the sensational form of the young Uruguyan Federico Valverde. Casemiro was ever-present and Toni Kroos hit his richest vein of form since joining the club. He still managed to have a mini fallout with Zidane just before the lockdown.

The dream line-up:

Valverde, Casemiro, Pogba

This is Zidane’s dream, not the board’s. He still wants France World Cup winner Paul Pogba and sees him as the ideal compliment to Valverde and Casemiro. 

But the board are reluctant to spike the wage bill for the 27-year-old when they have 21-year-old Martin Odegaard ready to return from his loan spell at Real Sociedad and slot in for a lot less money. 

It will be a battle of wills between Zidane and Florentino Perez.

Madrid boss Zidane still wants to add Manchester United star Paul Pogba to his midfield

Madrid’s board are more attracted by cheaper option of Martin Odegaard returning from loan

The likely scenario:

Valverde, Casemiro, Odegaard/Kroos

If Pogba’s wage demands are reduced and if top earner Bale leaves, then maybe Pogba finally gets to play for Zidane. 

But Odegaard represents the success of Perez’s decision to turn Real Madrid’s transfer policy towards youth and he will want the poster-boy of that philosophy back at the club.


As it stands:

Courtois; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Mendy

Ferland Mendy managed to squeeze out Marcelo while Thibaut Courtois finally won over supporters.

The dream line-up:

Courtois; Achraf, Ramos, Varane, Mendy

If Real Madrid can save their money anywhere then they will do it in defence. 

Perhaps Achraf Hakimi coming back from his loan spell at Dortmund means Dani Carvajal steps down.

Achraf Hakimi has proven himself in Germany and his return will boost Madrid’s defence

Dayot Upamecano could be brought in as a long-term replacement for Sergio Ramos

The likely scenario:

Courtois; Achraf Hakimi, Ramos/Dayot Upamecano, Varane, Mendy

It could be an interesting season for Sergio Ramos. He has so far only been offered a one-year extension on his current deal that runs out in 2021. 

He wants two years. The club will have more wriggle room in dealing with the 34-year-old if they have something beyond just Eder Militao to offer as competition. 

Dayot Upamecano would bring that if the France Under-21 international can be bought from Leipzig.


Real Madrid’s dream XI for next season

As it stands:

Jovic, Modric, Bale

Luka Jovic, the big signing from Eintracht Frankfurt, has not broken into the starting XI. Modric has been hard pushed to start and Bale has been predictably relegated to a bit-part player by Zidane.

The dream line-up:

Vinicius, Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo

Real Madrid would love to have the firepower on the pitch to be able to call on the likes of Vinicius and fellow Brazilian teenager Rodrygo when needed. 

They would like to add strength in depth in Casemiro’s position and are more likely to go for Rennes’ 17-year-old prospect Camavinga than N’Golo Kante, who they rate highly but know would not turn up to play deputy to sheriff Casemiro.

The likely scenario:

Vinicius, Eduardo Camavinga, Modric

Modric wants to stay at the club in his final year and so will still be involved. Rodrygo may even go out on loan as Real Madrid deal with over-booking.

Rennes starlet Eduardo Camavinga (above) is a more likely summer signing than N’Golo Kante

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