Zidane wants Arsenal’s William Saliba for his Real Madrid defence – report

The young French defender was one of Unai Emery’s marquee signings in the summer, costing £27m, but with the caveat that he would be loaned back to AS Saint Etienne for the 2019-20 season to continue his development.

His performances in Ligue 1 have seen his reputation grow, and according to theExpressZidane has added him to a potential list ofReal Madridtargets as he aims to recruit a replacement for Raphael Varane. 

The other two defensive names on Zidane’s wishlist are Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile and Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara.

As for Saliba’s current manager, formerLeicesterandSouthamptonboss Claude Puel, he recently spoke out against theArsenaltransfer:

“Is this model viable? I don’t think it can make the club a success. Rather than buying a ready-made player, I’d rather we buy him to develop him and help him grow.

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