Madrid are set to join Manchester United in trying to secure the services of Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino, as neither side see their current coach as the long-term answer.
It is believed that Real Madrid, along with Tottenham Hotspur, were unable to lure the Argentinian coach away from PSG last summer.
Now, it looks that they are still in for Pochettino and hope to replace Carlo Ancelotti come the end of the current season.
Champions League key
Real Madrid want to compete for the Champions League every season and it has been a matter that has seen a number of coaches sacked, despite great domestic form.
This could be the same fate for Ancelotti, who has led Los Blancos to the top of the LaLiga Santander table as it stands, as well as Supercopa de Espana glory at the start of 2022.
After falling a goal behind in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against PSG, Real Madrid are still in with a shout of lifting Europe’s most prized trophy, but should they fail to deliver then it could be Ancelotti that moves on.
One of the players that Real Madrid have been tracking for years is Kylian Mbappe, and it seems that despite not yet being a Real Madrid player he already has some weight over the managerial decisions at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Mbappe has built a strong bond with Pochettino at PSG and that could see president Florentino Perez push for the former Spurs boss to make the move to the Spanish capital.
Manchester United have not hidden the fact that they wish to replace interim boss with Pochettino, but they may have to look to Ajax’s Erik ten Hag should Real Madrid pinch the PSG coach from under their nose.