Zidane wants to strengthen his defensive core before the start of the next season.

Real Madrid are eyeing a potential summer move for 19-year-old AS Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile, Diario AS reports.

The youngster is dubbed as ‘the new Varane’ thanks to his rock-solid defensive qualities and Zinedine Zidane is said to be confident of negotiating a deal for him.

The Frenchman is said to have a worth between €35-40m and is contracted to Monaco till 2024.

Badiashile has one of the qualities Madrid have been looking for extensively, a left-footed centre-back to compliment Raphael Varane in the heart of the defence.

It is also said that the signing of a fourth centre-back is a priority for the La Liga Champions, with Nacho Fernandez potentially moving out in the summer.


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