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Chelsea defensive target says he would like to play at Real Madrid ‘one day’

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After the biggest transfer window in world football ever last summer, Chelsea are ready to continue their pursuit of more big names soon, with Josko Gvardiol and Christopher Nkunku on top of their agenda.

The former is on the radar of all top clubs in Europe after his breakthrough season with RB Leipzig, coupled with his immense performances through this 2022 World Cup. A move to Chelsea is close by, but it seems the Croatian is dreaming about Real Madrid.

“Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be able to play there. I’d like it”, he said, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

Gvardiol continued, “Modric doesn’t have to tell me anything, not needed – I know how special is to be linked with Real Madrid.”

Madrid currently boast the services of Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, and Nacho in central defence – all of whom are in rather impressive form. Militao and Alaba form the first-choice pairing for Carlo Ancelotti more often than not, with the German first in the rotation quota.

A move for a centre-back, therefore, is almost completely out of the question for Los Blancos. They are currently pursuing the signature of Jude Bellingham as the top priority, with Enzo Fernandez thought of as the backup option.

Much like his words about Chelsea, Gvardiol has also spoken about a potential Chelsea move, saying, “Chelsea is a big club, maybe one there I will be there.”

“My agent is taking care of my future, I’m happy in Leipzig now. It’s nice to see the links, especially because there is Kovacic. So… you never know,” he was quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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