Real Madrid have reportedly held talks with Luka Jovic and Kalidou Koulibaly over potential summer moves but will have to battle it out against their arch rival Barcelona.

Zinedine Zidane returned to Real Madrid for his second stint as the manager. This move brought a feeling of peace at Real Madrid after they were knocked out of 3 competitions – Copa del Rey, LaLiga and Champions League – in a week. Santiago Solari was sacked after that and Zidane was brought in to restore Real Madrid’s pride. But in the 4 LaLiga matches of his second stint, the results have not been very convincing. Zidane’s side only beat Celta Vigo convincingly. The Huesca and Eibar wins were bleak, while Valencia beat Real Madrid Madrid 2-1.

It’s not sure whether scoring has been a problem for Real Madrid or not because there is even a shortage of chances created. For that reason, Eden Hazard is close to signing for the club. So now Real Madrid’s next objective is to secure the striking and defending positions. They have reportedly held secret negotiations with two Barcelona targets – Luka Jovic and Kalidou Koulibaly.

Luka Jovic

Luka Jovic has enjoyed a breakthrough season for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. The Serbia international has been on Barcelona’s radar as well but even his personal preference is Real Madrid. Jovic feels that he will get plenty of minutes in Real Madrid and there will be no player having a say in matters at the Santiago Bernabeu. Zinedine Zidane has demanded a striker as Mariano Diaz failed to provide adequate support to Karim Benzema. He has identified Jovic as someone who can contribute now and in the future.

Kalidou Koulibaly

Kalidou Koulibaly continues to excel for Napoli in the Seria A. The Napoli central defender has been on Real Madrid’s radar for a while now, in addition to Barcelona and Manchester United. Los Blancos believe that a personal touch with the player will help them get an edge. Koulibaly has been singled out as Raphael Varane is considering his future and wanted to have a transfer away from Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos is also entering the twilight of his career.

According to MARCA, both the players are also targets for Barcelona, but Los Blancos have acted quickly to contact their representatives. Real Madrid do not want to lose on primary targets to their arch rival Barcelona. As they know it could help Real Madrid compete in the Champions League again.

Do you think Luka Jovic and Kalidou Koulibaly will fit into the Real Madrid squad? Comment your views.

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