Real Madrid have identified two targets to bolster their midfield this season as the Spanish giants are looking to redesign their midfield. Mateo Kovacic already left the club for a season-long loan at Chelsea, while rumours of Luka Modric moving to Internazionale are intensifying. According to AS, Madrid want to sign Miralem Pjanic and Thiago Alcantara as their replacements.
Having already sold star forward Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus this summer, Real are aware that they need reinforcements to be able to compete for their fourth successive Champions League this season. Juventus’s Pjanic and Bayern Munich’s Thiago have been made their top targets for the remaining weeks of the transfer window.
New Real boss Julen Lopetegui is believed to be a keen admirer of Thiago after the two worked together at the national team of Spain. It is believed that they have a good relationship and that Lopetegui could play a big role in the possible transfer from Bayern. However, the Germans seem reluctant to sell the midfielder, possibly asking around €70m for the former FC Barcelona playmaker.
Pjanic could even be more expensive than his Spanish colleague, with Juventus reportedly valuing the midfielder at €100m. The Bosnian has been linked with a move to the Premier League earlier this summer, with Chelsea and Manchester United being put forward. Neither club made an approach and it is rumoured that Juventus’s high asking price is the main reason behind that.