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€30 million-rated AC Milan defender’s agent trying to engineer move to Real Madrid



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Eder Militao’s unfortunate and untimely injury has given way to speculations about Real Madrid entering the market for a new centre-back. 

While earlier it was suggested that the team from the Spanish capital would not sign a new centre-back as a replacement, new market opportunities have opened up in the last few hours.

Indeed, Tomas Gonzalez-Martin writes for El Debate that Milan defender Malick Thiaw has suddenly been available to Madrid.

The journalist writes that the agent of the 22-year-old defender is trying to see if Madrid can sign the player this summer considering the fact that he would not be expensive.

In fact, a report from Calciomercato has claimed while Milan consider him untouchable, a fee in the region of €30 million would do the trick.

Who is Malick Thiaw?

The name Malick Thiaw might not ring a lot of bells, but the 22-year-old does possess some extraordinary qualities.

Having come through the youth academy of Schalke, Thiaw moved to Milan in the previous summer for a fee believed to be around €5 million plus €2 million in add-ons.

Could Malick Thiaw be an option for Real Madrid? (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Standing at 6 ft, 4 in tall, the youngster took his time to settle into the new environment but he was at his best in his full UEFA Champions League debut at home when Milan took on Tottenham in the first leg of the Round of 16 clash last season.

He did play just 24 games for Milan last season but ended his campaign with 3.26 aerials wins per 90 minutes and 4.77 clearances per game.

What is Real Madrid’s plan?

Real Madrid are largely expected to stay quiet for the rest of the transfer window.

The potential return of Sergio Ramos was thought to be on the cards, but those close to the club have played down the rumours of the legend’s return.

As a result, the manager is likely to count on young talents from Castilla and names such as Alvaro Carrillo and Rafel Obrador have been doing rounds lately. 

As such, the options Madrid have at the moment should be more than enough to cover the position until Militao returns, with Antonio Rudiger and Nacho also waiting in the wings.

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Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”



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Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.

It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.

After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.

It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.

Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”

On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”

It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:

“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”

Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:

“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”

The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:

“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”

Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:

“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Source: AS

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