Zidane coy on helping Saudis build a club that will rival PSG in France
Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is on the verge of agreeing to a sensational return to management - but under one condition.
The former France star has one of the most impressive trophy cabinets both as a player and as a manager.
He led Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League trophies as their boss and lifted the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup twice, as well as a La Liga title and Supercopa.
However, the 51-year-old has never managed outside of Spain and his last stint in management remains his second spell at Real from 2019 to 2021.
It has now been reported that the Frenchman has decided on a new club, with France Blue Provence stating that he has reached an agreement with another one of his former sides.
The report states that Zidane has agreed to become the manager of Olympique de Marseille.
However, there is one condition that must be met if he is to take the reigns in France.
It is believed that his agreement is not with the club itself, but appears to be with Saudi Arabia.
He has reportedly agreed to become the new manager of Marseille in the event that the club's sale to the Gulf nation goes through.
But the dream may have to wait as Frank McCourt, Marseille’s current owner, bought the club just seven years ago, and he has reiterated in recent months that they are not for sale.
The report goes on to claim Saudi Arabia have their eyes firmly set on the French side and are dreaming of 'making the club the Newcastle of France'.
It is also believed that Zidane has asked for a £260million transfer budget to accept a return to Marseille, and Saudi Arabia have granted this.
He also wishes to be in charge of recruitment if he is to take the role, which has been approved.
Marseille's owner McCourt must still be convinced to sell if Zidane is to return to his former side.
The news comes as a shock following the appointment of Gennaro Gattuso as the new OM head coach just yesterday.
The 45-year-old Italian replaced Marcelino, who stood down last week just a handful of games into his stewardship amid tensions between management and supporters.