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All-Star games: Premier League XI could take on the best from La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga

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After Chelsea owner Todd Boehly suggested the idea of an All-Star Premier League game to raise money for the English football pyramid, several fans and pundits were appalled by his vision.

Many felt that the American entrepreneur was out of touch for deeming such ideas feasible in the first place. However, it has been claimed that the potential of such a contest coming to fruition is realistic, that too on a much grander scale.

As per a report by the The Times, the plan for an All-Star game will be revived, but by expanding the suggestion to include matches between a Premier League XI against a team comprising the best from La Liga and Bundesliga and other top leagues.

It is likely that several Real Madrid players will stroll into the side in any such All-Star XI, considering the quality of the stars at the club.

Just last season, Carlo Ancelotti’s men proved their status as the finest team in Spain by becoming La Liga champions with a landslide 13-point lead over arch-rivals, Barcelona.

In Europe as well, Los Blancos reigned supreme by coming out on top in possibly the most challenging run that a team has ever had to face enroute to winning the Champions League.

Beating the likes of PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool on their way, Real Madrid pulled off a host of heroic comebacks.

And perhaps most pertinently when it comes to a face-off against the finest Premier League side possible, it is key to remember that the Spanish giants beat three of England’s best ensembles last term.

With Karim Benzema as the favourite to win the 2022 Ballon d’Or, whilst Vinicius Jr. remains a top contender as well, the forward duo will certainly get into an All-Star XI, alongside several other of their superstars.

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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million

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Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.

Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.

The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.

The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.

Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.

The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.

Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.

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