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24-year-old Real Madrid ace could leave the team in summer – report
Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin was one of the antagonists during his side’s 2-4 defeat at hands of Girona. The 24-year-old stopper received the nod after it was revealed that Thibaut Courtois could not make it to the team due to gastroenteritis.
As it turns out, Lunin let in as many as four goals, with all of them coming from Valentín Castellanos. It is not to say that the Ukrainian was alone at fault. The Real Madrid defence that took the field practically laid a red carpet for Girona.
What is even more troubling is that out of 13 shots Girona managed on the evening, only five were on target and four of them ended in the back of the net. And truth be told, Lunin was not even close to saving those shots.
The 24-year-old’s performance raised questions about his continuity at Real Madrid and although his current deal runs until 2024, a recent report from Mundo Deportivo claims that he could leave the white club this summer.
Interestingly enough, Lunin was close to leaving Madrid even last summer, but eventually decided to stay put.
Thanks to Courtois’ injuries this season, he has managed to make 12 appearances across all competitions this season, but considering his performances, especially against Girona, the management might be forced to make a harsh decision.
The claim from MD aligns perfectly with what we reported earlier today. Despite facing an uncertain future, Lunin wants to renew his contract but as it turns out, the club’s coaching staff has doubts about his capabilities.
The management is of the idea that the player has not improved on certain points despite the fact that he was walked through the areas of his weakness.
Now, Lunin is well-liked in the dressing room and while he is aware of his shortcomings, he needs more time on the field to make improvements but Courtois’ presence will not allow him to do so.
Given his contract situation and the doubts that the coaches have, an exit in the summer could become a reality.
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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report
Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.
According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.
The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.
The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.
There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.
Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.
Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.
Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.