Real Madrid transfer news: How starting XI could look with five summer signings AND Pogba


Real Madrid announced their fifth signing of the transfer window last night with the unveiling of French left-back Ferland Mendy.

The 24-year-old has joined from Lyon on a six-year deal, joining fellow new arrivals Eder Militao, Rodrygo, Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic at the Bernabeu.

Manager Zinedine Zidane has wasted little time in revamping his squad after a below-par season for the Spanish giants, first under Julen Lopetegui then caretaker manager Santiago Solari.

And the former Galactico is not finished yet, with Paul Pogba the latest high-profile player attracting attention from Real as they look to bolster their midfield options.

Pogba is expected to slot straight into the starting XI if the World Cup winner makes the switch from Manchester United, although Real would reportedly have to stump up a figure in the region of £150m.

Meanwhile, Zidane has several key decisions to make regarding his ageing squad as they prepare to compete on multiple fronts.

Thibaut Courtois appears to have established himself as No 1 ahead of Keylor Navas, despite the latter being close to Zidane during his first spell in charge at the club.

Alvaro Odriozola is a long-term prospect at right-back and will start to challenge Dani Carvajal for match action while Marcelo is now faced by the threat of Mendy on the other flank.

Militao will hope to displace Raphael Varane alongside Sergio Ramos in central defence while Casemiro is likely to continue patrolling in front of the back four.

Luka Modric and Toni Kroos still offer valuable experience in the engine room while Rodrygo will look to battle fellow Brazilian youngster Vinicius Junior for a starting role.

Hazard will doubtless line up on the left wing, unless Zidane opts for a different formation to make best use of the Belgian’s talents, while Luka Jovic should lead the line.

That will see the likes of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale drop to the bench while Isco and Marco Asensio also face a battle to prove they’re deserving of a spot in the first XI.

Real Madrid predicted line-up in 2019/20

(4–3-3): Courtois; Odriozola, Militao, Ramos, Mendy; Casemiro, Modric, Pogba; Rodrygo, Hazard, Jovic


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