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Real Madrid identify Zinedine Zidane replacement, Manchester United receive huge boost in star forward's pursuit: Transfer round-up, February 9, 2018

Sumedh Pande
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Zinedine Zidane Announced As New Real Madrid Manager
The end seems to be near for Zinedine Zidane

Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's latest transfer news and rumours roundup. Though the January market is now closed, it has not stopped the clubs from looking at potential summer recruitments. 

And as always, there are stories which make headlines irrespective of the transfer window being open or shut. On that note, let's take a look at all the top transfer news that made headlines on February 9, 2018: 

La Liga 

Zinedine Zidane's successor identified

Real Madrid's horrid season has seen them bow out of the title race, crash out of the Copa Del Rey and they are not tipped to succeed further in Europe at the expense of PSG.

Club supremo Florentino Perez believes that change is needed in the summer and has decided that along with a major squad overhaul, a new manager is needed to take over from Zinedine Zidane. 

Mundo Deportivo understands that Joachim Low has emerged as Real Madrid's top candidate to be the next boss at the Bernabeu.

Low has impressed during his time with the German national team and the club's owners are impressed with his coaching methods and personality which is why he leads the race to be the next Madrid manager ahead of the likes of Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino. 

Angel Di Maria admits he was close to joining FC Barcelona 

Angel Di Maria was a summer target for the Catalans. But a move reportedly fell through which has now been acknowledged by the player himself. As quoted by the Daily Mail, Di Maria revealed, "I was really close to joining Barcelona but in the end, it wasn't to be." 

The Argentine winger has had a turn of fortune at the Parc Des Princes since the turn of the year and has now become an integral part of Unai Emery's outfit. Di Maria scored a hattrick in his side's win over Sochaux last weekend. 

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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