Zinedine Zidane could prove influential in Real Madrid’s pursuit of Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele this summer, report Diario AS.
The Frenchman has starred for the French giants since joining from Amiens in 2017 with his fine form recognised by his first full international caps for the France national team.
Fresh reports now say the midfielder is top of Zidane’s wanted list despite suggestions that the player was favoured to go to an English club.
This season, the 22-year-old has represented Lyon in 30 matches in Ligue 1 and eight in the Champions League while he has been linked to Manchester City, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
“I don't imagine how my career will go, I live it instead,” Ndombele told Canal Football Club back in December.
“When I was young I didn't dream of being in this or that club [like PSG], whether it is Real Madrid, Barcelona, City, I have never dreamed of being in a specific club like that.”
He is primarily a deep-lying ‘pivot’ midfielder and had previously been linked to Barcelona, who have already agreed to sign Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
Ndombele’s contract at Lyon runs through until 2023 and Diario AS say his value is €50m, although the French club may be reluctant to sell for less than €80m.
He is seen to be an affordable alternative to Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who could cost double that fee.