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Report: Zidane demands £200 million transfer budget to replace Sarri at Chelsea

Zinedine Zidane has apparently laid down his terms to become Chelsea manager should Maurizio Sarri be sacked from his position.

The Frenchman would undoubtedly be welcomed to Stamford Bridge with open arms by the club’s hierarchy after the wealth of success he achieved in charge of Real Madrid in just two and a half seasons, if they do decide to let go of their current manager Maurizio Sarri in the near future.

Zidane is currently out of work, and it is not clear whether he has any intentions to return to the dugout, but The Sun are claiming he would he take the Chelsea hotseat if they were to meet his demands.

Those demands include: a new deal for Eden Hazard; a transfer budget of £200m to improve the squad; and a “major say” in transfer policy alongside director Marina Granovskaia.

Whether the newspapers’ “sources” can be believed is one thing, but it is worth noting that squad-building is not something for which the former Real Madrid star became known, instead using the players at his disposal to great effect rather than spending big money on new recruits.

Why, therefore, would he want control of transfers when that had never been his modus operandi at Madrid?

The piece also claims that Zidane is “not yet expecting to be given the job, as he respects that current chief Sarri is still in control of his own destiny”, and yet contradictingly already has plans for what he wants to do with the team should he take over.

In any case the Italian could very well be out of a job very soon, as Chelsea slip further away from Champions League qualification while losing four out of the last eight games in all competitions, the latest being a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday night.

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