The 46-year-old is now out of work since resigning as manager of Los Blancos in May just five days after winning his third consecutive Champions League trophy.
Now unemployed, Zidane appears to be taking out of the game before lining up a return in 2019, and L'Equipe now report that he is particularly looking to become the next Manchester United manager next summer.
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Roma's Monchi has also been on the radar and it has been claimed that Manchester United have also made exploratory contact with Novara's Domenico Teti, a highly respect operator in Italy.
Jose Mourinho notoriously ends his affiliation with clubs within three years and as he enters his third season managing Manchester United there are serious questions over whether he will remain at Old Trafford beyond this season.
1998 World Cup victor Zidane, 46, already has a sparkling managerial CV having won three Champions League titles with Real, as well as La Liga, the UEFA Super Cup twice and the FIFA Club World Cup twice.More news: China rejects allegations of detaining 1 million Uighurs in camps in Xinjiang
The former Chelsea boss, however, has been at odds with United's hierarchy this summer, primarily over their refusal to sign an experienced central defender before the transfer window closed last Thursday.
Mourinho is under increased pressure to deliver success to United after failing to win a trophy at Old Trafford last season.
The Portuguese manager had warned United's board that the club face a "difficult season" if the squad was not improved.More news: Celtic crash out of Champions League after losing to AEK Athens
The Sun reported in July that Zidane was top of United's shortlist should Mourinho leave the club.
And Mourinho also disagreed with Woodward over the future of Anthony Martial, with the United manager happy for the French forward to be sold.More news: Vimeo scrubs Alex Jones from streaming service