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Four defenders Real Madrid are monitoring for the summer transfer window – report

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There was a lot of talk about whether Real Madrid would sign a new defender in January following the season-ending injury to David Alaba. With Eder Militao already sidelined, the Merengues were left with just two senior centre-halves in Antonio Rudiger and Nacho.

But, Real Madrid have decided not to make any signings in the current window and will instead look to reinforce their squad in the summer.

Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies appear to be the main targets for Los Blancos heading into the summer.

But apart from that, the Spanish capital club are also looking to bring in a young central defender as well as a young right-back with an eye on the future. With that in mind, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid are tracking four defenders for the summer of 2024.

Goncalo Inacio (Sporting CP)

The 22-year-old Sporting CP centre-back is a man in demand with a number of top clubs in Europe, including Real Madrid, keeping a close watch on his development in Portugal.

There were talks of a January exit for Inacio, but it appears that he will stay at Sporting for the remainder of the campaign before securing a big move in the summer. It has been reported that Inacio could cost around €60 million.

Antonio Silva (SL Benfica)

From one Portuguese defender to another, Real Madrid also have their sights on SL Benfica centre-back Antonio Silva. Just 20 years old, the centre-back has become a regular for his club and has already made his breakthrough with the Portuguese national team.

Like Inacio, Antonio Silva is also attracting interest from clubs other than Real Madrid and might end up costing around €40 million in the summer.

Leny Yoro (Lille)

Lille’s Leny Yoro is a Real Madrid target. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

The 18-year-old Leny Yoro has become one of the most coveted centre-backs in Europe currently after becoming a mainstay at the heart of the Lille OSC defence. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and PSG are interested in signing the French ace.

In fact, recent reports suggest that PSG are pushing to sign Yoro from Lille this month itself, which could mean Real Madrid might end up missing out on his services.

Yan Couto (Girona, on loan from Man City)

While the aforementioned three players are centre-backs, Real Madrid have identified Manchester City loanee Yan Couto as their target for the right-back position, with the young Brazilian shining currently on loan at Girona.

Indeed, Couto has been impressing heavily in La Liga, playing a key part in the Catalan club’s ascent to the top of the table. And Real Madrid are closely watching him, as a possible recruit for the summer.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis

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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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