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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Osasuna | Copa del Rey final
Real Madrid have the chance to win their first Copa del Rey title in nine years when they take on Osasuna in the final tonight. They defeated Barcelona in the semi-finals over two legs, beating them 4-1.
Carlo Ancelotti has selected his best possible XI for the game, coming off a 2-0 loss against Real Sociedad in the league. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal, guarded by a back-four consisting of Eder Militao and David Alaba.
Daniel Carvajal starts as the right-back, with Eduardo Camavinga on the left side of the defence.
Aurelien Tchouameni gets the nod to start as the defensive midfielder, with Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde acting as the central midfielders. Luka Modric starts on the bench, having recovered from his hamstring injury.
Madrid have gone all guns blazing in attack, with Rodrygo as the right-winger. His compatriot, Vincius Jr is on the left-wing, with Karim Benzema spearheading the XI.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Valverde, Tchouameni, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius
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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report
Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.
According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.
The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.
The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.
There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.
Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.
Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.
Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.