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Chelsea set to beat Real Madrid in the race for 18-year-old Brazilian attacking prodigy

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Real Madrid constantly maintain an eye on the Brazilian market hoping to strike gold on young talent. Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and most recently Endrick are a part of the club’s efforts in that direction.

One such young prodigy Los Blancos had their eyes on is Deivid Washington. The 18-year-old plays for Santos in Brazil and was seen by the Merengues as a future option for the number nine position, as relayed by Globo.

Deivid Washington has made 16 senior appearances for the Brazilian giants, scoring two goals, while he also has netted six goals in 13 matches for the club’s Under-20 side.

Given his potential, Real Madrid took an interest in the teenage forward.

But according to Fabrizio Romano, the Merengues will not be able to pull off the youngster’s signature. Chelsea have submitted an official bid worth €20 million to Santos in recent hours and the Brazilian club are set to accept the same for Washington.

The player has agreed terms with the London-based giants and will move to Strasbourg on loan immediately for the coming season.

A team lacking a finisher

Karim Benzema was the heart and soul of Real Madrid’s forward line, and his impact was best appreciated in recent seasons following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Over the past two years, the Frenchman single-handedly carries the team on numerous occasions even at the highest level. His departure, needless to say, is difficult for the club to compensate for.

Carlo Ancelotti thus began the summer asking for a new striker. The club president promised the arrival of a world-class finisher with the manager asking for Harry Kane.

However, the operation came crashing down after Kylian Mbappe became available. As it stands, it remains unclear if the Frenchman will even arrive this summer.

All eyes are on Endrick

Real Madrid splashed €72 million for the signing of 16-year-old Endrick from Palmeiras last year. He will only arrive at the Bernabeu next summer but is one on whom the management have heavy expectations.

Los Blancos toiled to no end to fight off the competition for Endrick. Given that the young Brazilian can play as either a winger or a striker, they might not regret missing out on Deivid Washington much.

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Real Madrid to start pre-season today with only seven first-team members

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Today, according to a report from MARCA, only seven first-team players from Real Madrid’s first team will be returning to training at Valdebebas.

These players are Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin, Lucas Vazquez, Jesus Vallejo, Fran Garcia, Dani Ceballos, and Brahim Diaz.

Real Madrid and their manager, Carlo Ancelotti, are gearing up for what could be their most demanding season ever. 

With seven major titles on the line, including the European Super Cup, La Liga, the Champions League, the Intercontinental Cup, the Spanish Super Cup, the Copa del Rey, and the Club World Cup, they are set to play a staggering 68 games across all competitions over the next 11 months.

However, before diving into these intense competitions, the team will embark on a pre-season tour in the United States, where they will play three friendly matches against Milan on July 31, Barcelona on August 4, and Chelsea on August 7.

Limited firearms in the arsenal

Currently, however, only a few players have returned to training, while the rest are still enjoying their vacations following their extended participation in the European Championship and Copa America.

For those who are at the club, the challenge begins today at Real Madrid City, starting with medical tests in the morning and the first training session in the afternoon. 

Carlo Ancelotti will have only seven first-team members in the training today. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Ancelotti will initially have a limited squad due to the absence of international players, who will join the team gradually after their holidays. 

For now, the seven players who have returned will train alongside Castilla players, who are also starting their training today to help fill out the first team sessions. 

Need for new signings

Ancelotti’s current squad consists of 22 players, including two goalkeepers, eight defenders, seven midfielders, and five forwards. 

This season will see significant changes, with the departure of legends like Toni Kroos and Nacho, as well as Joselu, one of the heroes from their last Champions League campaign.

On the positive side, the squad will be boosted by the arrival of superstar Kylian Mbappe and promising young talent Endrick. Kepa Arrizabalaga is also absent, but his return is still possible, depending on the situation with Lunin, whose future with the club remains uncertain. 

Additionally, the continuity of Dani Ceballos is in question, and Real Madrid is working on signing Leny Yoro to strengthen their defence.

As the summer progresses, these moves will help finalize the squad that Ancelotti will rely on to tackle the daunting task of competing for seven major titles. 

The preparation and integration of new and returning players will be crucial for Real Madrid as they aim to make history in the upcoming season.

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