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Four Real Madrid stars on the radars of Saudi Arabian clubs for the summer

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One of the cover stories of MARCA has mentioned that several Saudi clubs are keeping tabs on Real Madrid players, namely Luka Modric, Nacho Fernandez, Ferland Mendy, and Lucas Vazquez.

Real Madrid are expecting the arrival of Kylian Mbappe this summer and while the transfer, on paper, will be as a free agent, the Frenchman will pocked a hefty signing-on bonus.

While the Merengues do not necessarily need to make cuts to accommodate the French superstar, a few exits are still likely this summer.

Modric already on his way out

As reported yesterday, Modric is already on his way out. The club legend, who completed 12 years at Real Madrid, is out of contract at the end of the season and given the overbooking in midfield, the 38-year-old has struggled for game time this season.

Considering his age and the players Carlo Ancelotti has at his disposal, the club management has decided not to renew his contract.

Similarly, Nacho’s contract expires at the end of the season and it remains to be seen which way he decides, considering that Real Madrid are looking to add another central defender in the summer, in the form of Leny Yoro.

Mendy facing uncertainty

Ferland Mendy and Lucas Vazquez face uncertain future at Real Madrid. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

As for Mendy, the 28-year-old  has not met the expectations at Real Madrid and given the fact that Alphonso Davies is being eyed, there is a chance that the Frenchman might depart as well, but only if the Canadian is roped in.

As of today, Mendy continues to have suitors in the Premier League, but there happens to be a disagreement between the coaching staff and the board over his future.

Lastly, Real Madrid are quite happy with Vazquez and given that his contract runs out at the end of the season, they are ready to offer him a year’s continuity.

Among the four players mentioned, Modric, Nacho and Vazquez’s contracts end at the end of the season and everything points out that the midfielder could be on his way out. As for the other two, there is hope that they renew with Real Madrid.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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