Moussa Diaby has broken the headlines numerous times this season for his game-changing performances in the Bayer Leverkusen outfit. The German club are close to securing a Champions League spot for the coming season, and the French talent is one of the protagonists leading the charge on that front.
The 19-year-old has 15 goals and nine assists across all competitions, with a conversion rate of over 25% of the shots taken. His eye for goal, coupled with his speed dribbling down the wing, has got several European clubs interested in his signing.
Real Madrid are on the top of the list as they seek to replenish their squad in the coming summer transfer window. However, the large economic demands of Bayer Leverkusen pose a hurdle in their pursuit.
According to reports from Fichajes, Bayern Munich have now joined the race to sign Diaby. The Bavarians are on the constant lookout for Bundesliga standouts, and the teenager is the latest to catch their eye.
Bayern’s interest in Diaby is further cemented since they are at crossroads with Serge Gnabry over a new contract. The winger’s current deal clocks up in 2023, and he could potentially leave the club this summer itself.
Leverkusen ask for €100 million for their star player, a fee that is considered overexaggerated by many.
Los Blancos too consider the fee to be a figure they cannot reach, especially given that the club need to reinforce other positions too. It remains to be seen if Bayern Munich shell out the price asked. As it stands, the chances of the youngster finding a move away from his club seem slim.
Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report
Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.
The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.
Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.
This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.
Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia
Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.
With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.
This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.
Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.
What are Ancelotti’s other options?
Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.
The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.
Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.
Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.