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Four Real Madrid players who could leave in the final days of the transfer window

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Less than four days remain before the summer transfer window of 2022 closes. But, there are unlikely to be any late incomings at Real Madrid.

The Merengues did their business early by signing Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger, and manager Carlo Ancelotti has since continued to insist that there will be no new players arriving, despite the need for a new centre-forward.

Instead, the focus will be on player exits, which has been the case for much of the window so far. Indeed, Real Madrid have already sold a host of players this summer and are likely to part ways with a few more before the window slams shut.

Marco Asensio

The most high-profile name on the list, Marco Asensio finds himself close to the exit doors at the Santiago Bernabeu. Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Real Madrid will let the winger leave if a good offer arrives and interest in the Spaniard is rising from the Premier League.

Teams like Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked, while AC Milan are also an option, although their interest has seemingly receded in recent days. With the 26-year-old in the final year of his contract and no longer favoured, a departure would make sense for all parties involved.

Mariano Diaz

Another player who no longer belongs in the plans of manager Ancelotti and has been told to find a new club for himself, Mariano Diaz should be on his way out of the Bernabeu in the next few days. He has been attracting interest from a host of La Liga clubs but has been reluctant to leave.

However, there has been a change in his stance in recent weeks, with an exit looking more and more likely. The 29-year-old is reportedly keen on leaving the club on a free transfer by terminating his contract, but Los Blancos are reluctant to sanction that operation. So, it remains to be seen how things pan out.

Jesus Vallejo

The Real Madrid academy graduate finds himself way down the pecking order of things at the club this season. Indeed, he is the fifth-choice centre-back at the Bernabeu, with Eder Militao, David Alaba, Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez all ahead of him.

Despite that, he wants to stay at the club even though there are no prospects for him in terms of playing time. So, with there being some interest from clubs in La Liga, Vallejo could decide to move on in the final stages of the transfer window.

Alvaro Odriozola

The final name on the list is another defender who has not been a part of the plans at Real Madrid for a few years now. After having spent the last season away on loan at Fiorentina, Alvaro Odriozola is back at the Spanish capital club but does not belong in the scheme of things.

Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez and even Vinicius Tobias are ahead of the Spanish right-back and the club are working to find a solution for his future before the window closes. There has been some degree of interest from clubs in Italy and England, while former club Real Sociedad could also be a destination.

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Brahim, Modric start in a 4-4-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Rayo Vallecano

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Real Madrid have an excellent opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the La Liga table to eight points when they travel to Estadio de Vallecas to take on Rayo Vallecano on Sunday afternoon.

Real Madrid are currently five points clear of second-placed Girona and with the Catalans not playing until Monday night, Los Blancos have a chance to stretch their advantage with a win tomorrow.

Momentum is also on the side of Carlo Ancelotti’s men after they picked up two crucial victories against Girona (La Liga) and RB Leipzig (UEFA Champions League) over the past week.

But, Rayo Vallecano, who have a new manager in place in Inigo Perez, had managed to hold Real Madrid to a goalless draw in the reverse fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu. So, the game will not be straightforward on Sunday.

Here’s how Real Madrid could line up at the Vallecas as they look to take another step towards winning the La Liga title.

Starters

Andriy Lunin has firmly established himself as the preferred choice in goal ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga. As such, the Ukrainian should again start for Real Madrid against Rayo Vallecano.

There will be one change in the defensive line that took the field against Leipzig in midweek as Fran Garcia will step into the team at left-back with Ferland Mendy out of the squad due to suspension.

Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, and Eder Militao are still injured, which means Aurelien Tchouameni will once again have to fill in at centre-back where he will partner captain Nacho Fernandez. Meanwhile, Dani Carvajal should continue on the right side of the defence.

Tchouameni starting in defence means one can expect Eduardo Camavinga to occupy the pivot position in the middle of the park for Real Madrid.

A rare start for Luka Modric vs Rayo? (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

However, there could be a notable change in midfield, with Luka Modric getting a rare start after a period of inactivity, with Toni Kroos getting a breather. Federico Valverde will occupy the other interior midfield position for the visitors.

Brahim Diaz came off with a fitness issue against RB Leipzig in midweek, but is not injured and has been named in the squad list. Given his form, the Spaniard should again start in the hole behind the two forwards in the absence of Jude Bellingham, who is injured.

Up top, there is no looking past the Brazilian dynamic duo of Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr, both of whom will be raring to get on the scoresheet after not scoring against Leipzig.

Substitutes

Joselu is certain to come onto the pitch at some point in the game to provide a different kind of threat in the attacking third. Toni Kroos should also come off the bench, especially if things are not going Real Madrid’s way.

There could also be minutes for Arda Guler, who has not seen as much action as one would have expected since returning from injury. Dani Ceballos is also an option for Ancelotti if he wishes to relieve one of his midfielders.

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