Real Madrid secured a contract extension for midfielder Toni Kroos two weeks ago yet they still want to upgrade their midfield line. Los Blancos will go after Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic if they can’t complete a deal for either Paul Pogba or Christian Eriksen, their two priorities for that position according to AS. Pjanic’s price could reach €70 million, per that same report.
Pjanic is a very interesting player to implement a possession-oriented style. He can play deep ala Andrea Pirlo but could also feature alongside another central midfielder playing in front of Casemiro.
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is Madrid’s most obvious target to add some depth to the midfield, although it will be extremely hard for Los Blancos to sign him away from the British club. On the other hand, Eriksen’s contract with Tottenham expires in 2020 and has not signed an extension, meaning that Madrid could try to take advantage if the midfielder is really on their radar.
Los Blancos will first try to announce Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic, so they will have more than enough time to find their best candidate for the midfield spot the rest of the summer.
Either way, it seems clear that coach Zinedine Zidane will rethink his starting midfield. Real Madrid still have to find a long term replacement for Luka Modric and that’s also the reason why they need a starting caliber playmaker.