The heavy defeat at the hands of PSG at the Parque de los Príncipes has once again thrust the spotlight onto Zinedine Zidane and his future at Real Madrid. The doubts about whether he's the man to turn the project around are only increasing. It's been a far from convincing start to his second reign and despite promising a 'revolution' at this season, it's been largely much of the same.
For many supporters, the performance against PSG was the worst of the lot. It was the first time in a decade that the team failed to register a single shot on target. No attack, no midfield, no clue.
Florentino Perez isn't known for his patience and alternatives are already being sounded out. Top of the wish list is a former flame in Jose Mourinho. However, there's a major problem when it comes to ousting Zidane: the cost. According to SPORT sources, it would cost Madrid €80m to sack the Frenchman this season.
Zidane signed a three and a half year deal when he returned to the dugout in March. Madrid agreed to pay him €13m NET per season. If you add up the time remaining on the deal, we're talking about a total of €39m (net). That would equate to a gross payment of €80m.
The only way it'd be cheaper is if Zidane agreed to rip up the remaining two years left on his deal. On top on that, you need to factor in the cost of bringing in a new coach and then the wage said new coach would ask for. Mourinho won't be cheap, especially as he's currently without a club and will know how desperate Madrid would be to bring in a big name to calm the fan base.