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How Real Madrid could line-up in 2021 as Zinedine Zidane plots overhaul with Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, Sadio Mane and N’Golo Kante all linked

Real Madrid are likely to spend big in the summer to overhaul their squad in Zinedine Zidane’s second spell as manager.

Zizou was brought back in March 2019 following some poor results by his replacement and there looks to be some changes ahead in the near future.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is set to make changes to his squad
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Madrid are just two points off Barcelona in LaLiga and still had the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie with Man City to play when coronavirus halted football across the continent.

Despite splashing out on the likes of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic last summer, Zidane is thought to be unhappy with his options and marquee signings could be made over the next two or three transfer windows.

Here is who they’ve been linked with.

N’Golo Kante

Reports in Spain have linked the Chelsea midfielder with a move to Real Madrid in the summer after remarkably being made surplus to requirements by Frank Lampard.

The English boss does have a wealth of midfield options to choose from including Jorginho, Matteo Kovacic, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Billy Gilmour and Mason Mount.

Kante is still one of the best defensive midfielders in the world and helped fire France to World Cup glory in 2018.

N’Golo Kante could be set for a move in the summer
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He was snapped up by Chelsea in 2016 for just £29million after winning the Premier League title with Leicester.

The Blues went on to win the league in his first season but he struggled with a more advanced role under Maurizio Sarri last season.

This campaign has been blighted by niggling injury problems that has limited him to just 18 Premier League games.

The 29-year-old could slot nicely into Zinedine Zidane’s side in a midfield alongside Casemiro and Toni Kroos.

Luka Modric is 34 and Madrid will be looking towards the future as Zidane looks to rebuild his side.

Erling Haaland

The teenage sensation has been linked with a move to Real Madrid despite only having signed for Borussia Dortmund in January.

The striker has smashed in 12 goals in just 11 games for the German side following his move from Red Bull Salzburg, where he started the season with 28 goals in 22 games.

Bild has refuted the reports suggesting that he could be moving to Madrid in the immediate future.

He reportedly has a buyout clause of around £65m, which is an absolute bargain for someone of his talent and potential.

Haaland is unlikely to want to move again in the next transfer window but looking ahead to 2021 he could be on the move again.

Erling Haaland has been a sensation for Borussia Dortmund
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Kylian Mbappe

Madrid long been admirers of Mbappe and was reportedly very close to joining the LaLiga giants before the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc across the globe.

Former PSG player Jerome Rothen claims Mbappe will leave the Ligue 1 club in the summer.

“I know from sources that Mbappe almost signed for Real Madrid,” he told Radio Monte Carlo.

“With what is happening now, it is certain that Mbappe’s arrival at Real will be postponed.

“In no case will there be an extension of Mbappe’s contract with PSG.

“They will have an agreement between them in place because PSG agreed to let him go this summer. In my opinion, it’s just a question of time.”

So a deal to take him to Madrid could still go ahead in the summer.

Real Madrid have long been admirers of Kylian Mbappe
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Sadio Mane

The Sun report that Real Madrid are still pursuing a move for Sadio Mane in the summer with Zidane pushing for a move for the Liverpool star.

Zidane is thought to be a huge fan of Mane but it could take a bid of around £150m to lure him away from Anfield.

The report also claims that if Mane were to head to Spain they would try and replace him with Mbappe.

So it could be a choice to make for Madrid, Mane or Mbappe in the summer.

Sadio Mane could leave Liverpool in the summer
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Here is how they could line-up by 2021:


Zidane would have the tough task of trying to fit Haaland, Eden Hazard and one of Mbappe or Mane into a front three. It means one would likely have to play out of position but they would still form a deadly trio.

Kante would slot easily into a midfield three alongside Toni Kroos and Casemiro.

Here is how Real Madrid could line-up in 2021 in a 4-3-3 formation


This formation would allow Mane or Mbappe to play on the left with Eden Hazard in the central role behind Haaland.

Rodrygo has been featuring plenty in his first season and could continue his development in this attacking quartet.

Kante would play alongside Casemiro in a very wily and disruptive midfield duo.

How Real Madrid could line-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation


A classic formation that could allow Mbappe, or Mane, to play alongside Haaland as the two central strikers.

The young Norwegian, could form a big man/little man style relationship with his partner but it’s worth noting Haaland does not lack pace despite his size and this is what makes him so dangerous.

Hazard and Rodrygo would be the left and right wingers respectively with Kante and Casemiro the two central midfielders.

How Real Madrid could line-up in a 4-4-2 formation

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