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Chelsea best-placed to secure the signing of €120 million-rated Real Madrid target

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Having to deal with multiple transfer targets simultaneously whilst being certain about none, Real Madrid’s approach to the transfer market has been confused.

With every passing hour, the future of the team’s midfield grows increasingly unclear. Toni Kroos now seems closer to hanging up his boots in May than staying while Luka Modric at 37 is in the final phase of his career too.

Jude Bellingham has largely been hailed as Los Blancos’ saviour amidst the ambiguity. The English midfielder is thought of as the future of Real Madrid’s midfield alongside Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga.

But negotiations with Borussia Dortmund are unlikely to be easy, while there is intense competition for the Englishman’s signing as well.

Thus, the club scouted Enzo Fernandez as a possible alternative signing, but that cloud too seems to be passing according to Gaston Edul.

The Argentine journalist reports that Chelsea are best placed to sign the Albiceleste star. Further, the London-based side are willing to shell out his €120 million release clause to facilitate his arrival.

Real Madrid are now stuck at a critical juncture and must make a decision quickly. Pursuing Bellingham could be an operation of over €120 million in fees, and there has been skepticism over whether the Merengues are willing to spend such a sum.

Fernandez could be the candidate, but time is running out in the race to sign him. Moreover, his arrival with not be an economically pleasing procedure either.

The Benfica star scored one goal and provided one assist at the FIFA World Cup for champions Argentina. His exploits on football’s biggest stage also earned him the Best Young Player award in the tournament.

Recent reports had suggested that Bellingham is favouring a move to Real Madrid over Liverpool, which should give the Spanish giants a boost.

The 19-year-old has always been the club’s priority and if he is ready to move to the Bernabeu, Fernandez’s potential move to Chelsea is unlikely to be seen as a blow.

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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Elche

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The Santiago Bernabeu is ready for the first time in a fortnight as Real Madrid are set to host relegation-threatened Real Valladolid for gameweek 27 of La Liga. The gap between them and Barcelona was increased to 15 yesternight, and los blancos will be looking to cut it down to 12 to scarce the tiniest bit of hope of defending their league crown.

Carlo Ancelotti has opted to use a highly attacking starting lineup for the clash, with Karim Benzema spearheading the front-three. He is flanked by Marco Asensio on the right while Vinicius Jr retains his place on the left.

Rodrygo also gets the nod to start, probably as an attacking midfielder in what looks like a 4-2-3-1.

Aurelien Tchouameni has been given the nod in midfield, with Toni Kroos forming the double pivot alongside him.

With Antonio Rudiger, Ferland Mendy, and Nacho out injured, Eduardo Camavinga gets the license to start as the left-back, while Lucas Vazquez flanks the defence from the right. The usual suspects — Eder Militao and David Alaba — start in central defence.

Thibaut Courtois was a doubt heading into this game, but has been given the medical greenlight to take his place as the goalkeeper.

Madrid XI: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Tchouameni, Kroos; Asensio, Rodrygo, Vinicius; Benzema

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