Premier League rumours: Manchester United and Gareth Bale latest as Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez are linked with exit and Liverpool suffer transfer blow
A round-up of the latest Premier League transfer news and talking points.
The 46-year-old left the Bernabeu last May but is now back in charge having signed a contract until 2022.
And while Real Madrid fans rejoiced at Zizou’s return, Bale may not have been so happy.
Zidane will be heavily backed in the transfer window by club president Florentino Perez and could make Bale one of his first big-name sacrifices.
He has been included in Ryan Giggs’ 31-man squad for the upcoming fixtures against Trinidad & Tobago and Slovakia later this month.
But a sensational summer switch to United cannot be ruled out, especially given bookies have made the Red Devils favourites to land Bale should he leave Real.
Bale is priced as short at 9/4 with both Betfair and Paddy Power to be at Manchester United after the summer transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may end up having the final say on whether the long-term target does end up at United.
Alexis Sanchez is expected to hold talks over his future with Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward between now and the end of the season.
The Chile international joined United in January 2018 amid much fanfare, after putting pen to paper on a contract worth an eye-watering £500,000-a-week, including bonuses and image rights.
According to the Daily Star , Sanchez is so desperate to leave United he is willing to take a wage cut just to get out.
He has apparently told his representatives that he wants to join a new club this summer, but knows there are few places he could earn the same money.
China might provide such an option and United boss Solskjaer is willing to let the struggling forward go.
Liverpool will miss out on signing highly-rated defender Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax, according to reports in Italy.
The Ajax centre-back has had a breakthrough campaign in Eredivisie and is among the most sought-after young players Europe.
Team-mate Frenkie de Jong is seeing out the season in Holland after signing with Barcelona in a £65million deal in January.
De Ligt is the next hottest prospect in Erik ten Hag’s team and the club are resigned to losing him before the end of his contract, which expires in June 2021.
The 19-year-old has been flirting with a move away and hinted at an Anfield switch last week, which would see him team up with compatriot Virgil van Dijk.
Reports in Spain suggest there are another two names on Zidane‘s radar – Sadio Mane and Paul Pogba.
Pogba was expected to leave United earlier this season after a bust-up with former boss Jose Mourinho.
There have even been suggestions he will sign a new deal at United but Real will hope his desire to play under Zidane would lure him to the Bernabeu.
Schar on radar
Defender Schar, 27, has played a key role in Newcastle ’s recent upturn, catching the eye of the north London duo.
The Swiss stopper has made 21 appearances, and scored three goals, for Rafa Benitez’s side since his bargain £3million move from Deportivo last summer.
The Gunners and Spurs had monitored Schar when he was at first club Basel and the way he has adjusted to English football has impressed them again.
Schar was awarded the goal of the month award for February for his wonder strike during the Magpies’ 2-0 victory over Burnley .