Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have told friends they think their former Chelsea teammate N’Golo Kante is the type of midfielder missing in the current Real Madrid side.
Manager Zinedine Zidane oversaw an eye-catching summer rebuilding process which saw the likes of Eden, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy and Eder Militao purchased for a combined total of over £300m.
Despite a nearly unprecedented level of investment, Los Blancos have started the new season in an indifferent fashion, drawing two of their opening three La Liga matches and failing to keep a clean sheet.
Boss maintains a long-term interest in Manchester United star Paul Pogba, while at least one of PSG duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are likely to be available for purchase next year.
But, according to The Atheltic, ex-Chelsea pair Courtois and Hazard have confided in friends that N’Golo should represent their head coach’s priority target.
The French chief remains heavily reliant on the midfield trio of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric which led Real Madrid to three successive Champions League trophies before the Frenchman stepped down in the summer of 2018.
Dani Ceballos is likely to return next year after a 12-month loan stint at Arsenal but N’Golo, regarded as the world’s best defensive midfielder, would offer the sort of protection the Spanish heavyweights appear to be in desperate need of.
The 28-year-old star, would not come cheap given he penned a new long-term contract last November and is currently the Blues’ highest-earning player on £290,000-a-week.