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Manchester City defender ‘dreams’ of Real Madrid despite strong interest from Barcelona

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Real Madrid’s most worrying position on the field barring the centre-forward department is likely to be the full-backs.

Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are both set to continue next season. However, with both Spaniards ageing closer to the twilight of their careers, the club need a younger name to slowly take over the responsibilities at right-back.

The left-back department is a whole different story. Los Blancos have still not recovered from the departure of Marcelo, for Ferland Mendy does not appear to have what it takes to shift to the required gear. Further, Fran Garcia’s ability will also be seen with a grain of salt until he proves his worth.

Joao Cancelo is a potential target for Real Madrid on that front. The Merengues were offered the chance to sign him in the winter window but refused because of the economics involved.

Maximilian Koch reports that Cancelo’s dream club is still Real Madrid. Barcelona are interested in the star, but he would be willing to leave the Catalans hanging and sign for Los Blancos should the chance arrive.

The Portuguese international is capable of operating both as a left-back and a right-back based on the team’s needs. He would thus be an ideal addition to Carlo Ancelotti’s squad and improve the stability of the defensive line significantly.

Cancelo is currently on loan at Bayern Munich but is set to return to Manchester City at the end of the month. In his time in Germany, he provided four assists and scored one goal for the Bavarians in 15 appearances.

The full-back’s complicated relationship with Pep Guardiola opens the door for his exit. While the European Champions demanded €70 million from Bayern Munich to make Cancelo’s services permanent, there is good reason for Real Madrid to believe that a lower fee can be agreed upon.

However, despite Cancelo’s dream to join Los Blancos, whether the club see him as a viable target for the summer remains to be seen.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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