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Arsenal interested in loaning Real Madrid midfielder for the remainder of the season

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Arsenal may have a slow start to the January transfer window so far, notably missing out on the pursuit of Mykhailo Mudryk to Chelsea, but they are determined to improve their squad by shifting their attention to other targets.

According to Standard Sport, one of Arsenal’s priorities is to reinforce the ranks in the midfield department. To that end, they have plotted a shock move for Real Madrid youngster Eduardo Camavinga.

The report suggests the Premier League leaders want to sign the Frenchman on a loan deal until the end of the season. The club’s interest in the player comes in the midst of fears over Arsenal’s lack of depth in the midfield department.

Although the Gunners are firmly leading the Premier League table, they are short on numbers in midfield.

The team are often heavily reliant on the duo of Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey. As such, Mikel Arteta wants to rope in someone who can compete with the two.

Camavinga has emerged as an ideal option for the Arsenal manager. The former Rennes starlet has found it difficult to become a first-team regular at Real Madrid so far. In contrast, the summer addition of compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni has further dwindled his role in the team.

Arsenal have been alerted to Camavinga’s situation and are looking to secure his services until the end of the season.

However, it seems unclear whether Real Madrid would be open to sanctioning the exit of Camavinga.

Much like Arsenal, the Whites have a dearth of options in the middle of the park, and with the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos facing an uncertain future at the club, keeping hold of youngsters like Camavinga and Tchouameni could be essential.

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Ancelotti’s dilemma: How will he handle a fully fit defense next season?

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Real Madrid’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is set to face a challenging situation in restructuring his defence for the upcoming season and that is largely down to key players like David Alaba and Eder Militao are returning to full fitness. 

Interestingly, this situation might put Antonio Rudiger’s spot in the starting lineup under significant pressure.

Back when Rudiger joined Real Madrid he was supposed to strengthen a defence already featuring Alaba and Militao. Despite their young age, these two had firmly established themselves in the team. 

Over the past two years, however, Ancelotti has consistently relied on the duo, with Rudiger and Nacho serving as their main substitutes. 

A big decision awaits Ancelotti

As the new season approaches, Ancelotti faces a dilemma similar to the one he had with goalkeepers Andriy Lunin and Thibaut Courtois. A similar situation is likely to unfold with Rudiger and Militao vying for the right centre-back position.

It must be remembered that Militao suffered an untimely injury last season, prompting Ancelotti to choose Rudiger over Nacho, who, although right-footed, is also adept on the left side. 

Carlo Ancelotti needs to assess his defensive duo for next season. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

As the season progressed, Rudiger proved his worth, becoming a mainstay in the defense. His physical strength, bravery, and aerial prowess made him a reliable choice. 

His ability to play out from the back earned him the respect and confidence of his teammates, overshadowing Militao’s absence.

Rudiger’s importance has grown

Rudiger’s importance grew further when Alaba got injured in December. He became the cornerstone of the defence, often partnering with Nacho or Aurelien Tchouameni. Even when Rudiger played on the left side, the defensive structure remained solid.

When Militao returned in the last month and a half of the season, he struggled to regain his previous form. The long recovery period left emotional scars, and he was not the same player he had been before the injury. 

Consequently, Ancelotti opted to keep Rudiger in the lineup for crucial matches towards the end of the season.

With the new season on the horizon, Rudiger’s strong performances will present a significant challenge for Ancelotti. 

As Alaba also returns from injury, Ancelotti will have to decide who among Rudiger, Militao, and Alaba will be benched. 

Rudiger has proven his capability, often outperforming the Brazilian, whose post-injury form is still uncertain. 

Adding to the competition, Real Madrid might sign Leni Yoro and even Rafa Marin could return from his loan spell which could further complicate Ancelotti’s decisions.

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