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Ancelotti would be ‘delighted’ with €60 million priced Napoli midfielder – report

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Napoli have run riot so far in Serie A this season. With 21 games having been played so far in the Italian League, the Partenopei sit atop the standings with a gargantuan 56 points to their name. They have scored 51 goals in that duration and lost just one game.

The whole team has been operating at a very high level, and Victor Osimhen, Khvicha Khvaratskhelia and Stanislav Lobotka are some of the many names to have stood in the spotlight. According to reports from Fichajes, the third player is of interest to Real Madrid.

Los Blancos have a midfield signing as their top priority for the summer transfer window, especially given the uncertain futures of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. The former’s renewal is not yet decided while the latter is contemplating retirement come June.

Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund is Real Madrid’s top target, but the Merengues have fallen behind in his pursuit in recent weeks. Liverpool now seem to be in prime position to sign the England international, forcing Carlo Ancelotti to look at alternatives.

Lobotka enters the equation at this point, as one of Serie A’s experienced, established options. The report states that Ancelotti would be ‘delighted’ if the midfielder arrived at Real Madrid in the summer.

The 28-year-old is capable of playing both as a defensive and central midfielder based on the need and has the versatility that Ancelotti demands. Given that just over two years remain on his deal, the time to negotiate a transfer seems to be right.

In 21 games for Napoli this season, the midfielder has scored one goal and provided one assist. He averages 0.4 key passes and close to nine defensive actions per game.

Valued at €60 million by Napoli, it will be interesting to see if Real Madrid decide to make a play for his signing come summer.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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