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Decision made: Real Madrid will not sign a centre-back this winter to replace Alaba



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Real Madrid were struck with a huge blow yesterday as two of their defenders picked up injuries during their 4-1 win against Villarreal. On a day to celebrate, los blancos had their focus wrapped up in dealing with two more injuries.

While Ferland Mendy’s injury is not as serious, and he could still be back in time to play against Deportivo Alaves, David Alaba has torn his ACL and will miss the rest of the season, and possibly the 2024 Euros due to it.

With Eder Militao also injured, reports of Madrid’s interest in several centre-backs across Europe started making the news. Names like Antonio Silva, Goncalo Inacio, Rafa Marin, and even Raphael Varane were part of the rumours.

However, it seems Madrid have made up their mind, and will not sign a centre-back during the winter transfer window to replace David Alaba, as per a report by Jose Felix Diaz.

Why don’t Madrid want to sign a CB?

Madrid, for long, have maintained the policy of not splashing the cash during the January transfer window as they believe it does not best represent the needs of the team, and can lead to rushed or temporary decisions.

They will continue to hold aloft this policy and will not go into the transfer market to sign a centre-back. It was never on their list of positions that needed reinforcements, and while they have their eye on it for the summer, the left-back position will be prioritised.

What are Madrid’s options for the rest of the season?

Nacho and Antonio Rudiger are still more than present in the team, and can put in a shift in central defence whenever needed.

However, the latter has played an obscene amount of minutes this season already, and if not managed properly, could head for the sidelines, as well.

Elsewhere, Carlo Ancelotti suggested that Aurelien Tchouameni can be used as a centre-back. Daniel Carvajal, too, has played in that position, and could be called upon.

Players from Castilla, including Alvaro Corrilla, who has been called up for a fair few games this season, could also be relied on, much like how Nico Paz has made a difference in midfield.

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English sources: Manchester United has an ‘unbeatable’ offer for Real Madrid striker




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According to a recent report from Defensa Central, Manchester United have set their sights on Real Madrid forward Joselu and for that, they are prepared to make a generous offer to lure him, proposing a two-year contract with an impressive salary of €5 million net per year.

Manchester United’s interest in signing Joselu has grown in recent months. His reputation has been on the rise, and United are willing to go all out to secure his signature. 

At Real Madrid, the forward’s exceptional performance, particularly his two crucial goals in the European Cup semi-final against Bayern Munich, has made a significant impression. 

It is said that this performance highlighted the importance of keeping a strong squad, and Joselu’s contributions have not gone unnoticed.

Real Madrid can sign him

While Joselu is currently committed to Espanyol until June 2024, Real Madrid hold a potential purchase option for him

The cost of this option is relatively low, but it is important to note that Real Madrid’s roster is quite full, with limited space for new players. 

Despite this, Joselu’s previous stint in the Premier League has not been forgotten, and Manchester United remains keenly interested in bringing him back to England.

Joselu is wanted by Manchester United. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Joselu is an old-school forward who knows what it means to face some of the toughest defences in the world. He understands the challenges and the battles that come with playing at the highest level. 

United love Joselu

Even if he is not guaranteed a starting position, his experience and knack for scoring goals make him a valuable addition to any team. 

Manchester United see these qualities in Joselu and believes he could be a significant asset to their squad.

In England, there is talk of a lucrative two-year contract on the table for the Galician footballer. This deal would significantly boost Joselu’s salary, offering him €5 million net per year. 

This substantial increase in his earnings is a key part of United’s strategy to tempt him away from Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training complex.

Carlo Ancelotti and his staff are very pleased with Joselu’s performance as he has proven to be more than just a team player, but there is a chance that they might still lose him this summer.

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