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Chelsea wish to appoint a new manager before facing Real Madrid in Champions League

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It is the period of mid-season of managerial dismissals in the world of football. After Julian Nagelsmann’s sacking at Bayern Munich, it was Chelsea’s turn to take the bold decision and show Graham Potter the exit door earlier this week.

The firing is significant from Real Madrid’s point of view, considering that they take on the London-based side later this month in the quarterfinal of the UEFA Champions League.

With no permanent manager at the helm and a disappointing record domestically, it is safe to say that Chelsea are not in the best spot.

According to reports from Tom Ruddy of The Times, Chelsea hope to have a new manager firmly in place by the time they face Real Madrid. That virtually leaves them with less than ten days to narrow down and finalise the key appointment.

Chelsea’s qualification for next season’s Champions League is completely dependent on winning this year’s edition given their disastrous position in the Premier League table. It is for this reason that the aforementioned deadline has been set.

Julian Nagelsmann is said to be leading the race to take over at Stamford Bridge but is just one of the many names linked. Real Madrid target Mauricio Pochettino, Luis Enrique, Luciano Spaletti and Sporting CP’s Ruben Amorim are some of the other names being considered.

Until a permanent manager is named, Chelsea have handed the reins to Potter’s former assistant, Bruno Saltor, on an interim basis.

With their opponents in a state of jeopardy, Real Madrid should look to use it in their favour. Given the prize on the line and Carlo Ancelotti’s situation, one can be fairly sure that Los Blancos will come out all guns blazing at the Santiago Bernabeu next week.

Real Madrid take on Chelsea in the first leg of the quarterfinal at the Bernabeu on April 12, before travelling to Stamford Bridge for the second leg on April 18.

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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million

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Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.

Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.

The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.

The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.

Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.

The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.

Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.

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