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How Real Madrid could line-up if Mauricio Pochettino becomes their manager

Sam May
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Mauricio Pochettino could seek a new challenge and head to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer

Yes, that same old rumour is just showing no signs of slowing down.

Current Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane’s position at the club is under incredible scrutiny, following Los Blancos’ poor league form, and should they lose the Champions League Final to Liverpool on May 26, that could spell the end to his time at the club.

The Spurs boss continues to be linked with Real Madrid to replace Zinedine Zidane next season

Pundit Paul Merson believes Pochettino is the right man for the Galacticos and could swap London for Madrid this summer.

Watch: Reporter asks Pochettino in January whether he could become the next Real Madrid manager

Pochettino remains the clear favourite for the Bernabeu hot seat and would potentially be open to a move to the Spanish capital. The Tottenham boss has reportedly demanded a rise in his wages and a huge transfer war chest, to remain at White Hart Lane.

If he made the move to Madrid, he would most definitely have a big rebuilding job on his hands.

So how could they line-up?


Goalkeeper: David De Gea

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David De Gea remains on Real Madrid's transfer wish list and may head back to his homeland this summer

The European Champions have long been linked with the Madrid-born shot-stopper. He came close to joining the club on transfer deadline day in 2015, but the deal collapsed due to paperwork.

The club has retained an interest in the 26-year-old ever since, and he could say adios to Manchester United and make the move to the Bernabeu this summer. Pochettino would want to bring in a new goalkeeper to replace the 30-year-old Keylor Navas who continues to be linked with a move away and the Costa Rican isn't getting any younger.

The Tottenham manager likes a goalkeeper who uses the ball well just like Hugo Lloris now at Spur. So signing De Gea, he wouldn't just have the best goalkeeper in the world, but would also fit his attacking style.

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Sam May
Freelance football writer, specialising in identifying and reporting on young players. Contributed to various websites/publications.
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