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Ancelotti has privately requested the signing of two players from Real Madrid – report



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Real Madrid have not had the best of starts to the year so far. If the surprising defeat to Villarreal in La Liga was not enough, the club succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals FC Barcelona in the Supercopa Espana final.

The Whites have also had a quiet January transfer window, even though the team is in a dire need of an overhaul, especially in certain areas of the pitch.

To that end, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has privately requested Real Madrid to sign a new fullback and a striker, even though he has maintained a stance of not signing any players during the ongoing January transfer window.

This has been reported by Diario AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), who further suggests that Ancelotti’s request has been rejected by the Real Madrid camp.

It appears the reigning Spanish champions are not on board with the idea of splashing the cash in January, knowing they may have a busy transfer window ahead of them in the summer.

Not to mention, Los Blancos may also have to tend to the contract situation of several star players, including Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, all of who have their respective deals expiring at the end of the season.

Renewing the deals for the aforementioned players may require additional capital, which in turn, could cripple Real Madrid’s powers in the market.

However, the Spanish giants are expected to enter the market for a new fullback and a striker at the end of the season. The fullback area, in particular, is a major concern, with the club lacking a reliable alternative for right-back Dani Carvajal or even the left-back Ferland Mendy.

Mendy is even facing an uncertain future at Santiago Bernabeu, which may only accentuate the need for new fullbacks, as well as a striker that can prove to be a long-term replacement for the ageing Benzema.

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of 18-year-old prodigy dependent on captain’s future – report




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Real Madrid will step up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro if Nacho decides to leave the club, according to a report by Agustin Martin in AS.

The situation surrounding Nacho is becoming increasingly uncertain. While he has received a lucrative offer from Al Ittihad, the move has reportedly hit a roadblock.

It is said that Nacho feels that his role in the team has not progressed under coach Ancelotti and his absence from the starting lineup in important matches, like the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester City and the Clasico has made him consider leaving the club. 

Furthermore, the recoveries of Eder Militao and David Alaba, along with the presence of Antonio Rudiger and the potential return of Rafa Marin have also influenced his thoughts about his future.

Nacho is aware of market movements

Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it is not just his teammates’ presence that has made Nacho think about leaving. There are strong rumours about Real Madrid signing Leny Yoro as well. 

The plan is to sign Yoro either this summer and possibly loan him out if Nacho stays, or in 2025 to join the first team. 

If Nacho decides to leave, it would pave the way for Yoro to join immediately. This decision depends on Nacho’s willingness to stay for another year or take up one of the offers he has received. 

This means the potential signing of Yoro hinges on Nacho’s decision. If the club captain chooses to leave, Yoro could join Real Madrid this year or next. 

For what it is worth, Yoro would strengthen a defensive lineup where most players, except for Militao and possibly Rafa Marín, are over thirty years old. But for this to happen, Nacho must decide whether to stay at Real Madrid or open the door for Yoro’s arrival.

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