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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Almeria



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As Real Madrid look to produce a strong reaction following their midweek slump against Girona, another newly-promoted La Liga side, UD Almeria, awaits them.

The Merengues play hosts to last season’s La Liga 2 champions at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening. And ahead of the match, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the squad list that will be available at his disposal.

As confirmed in the lead-up to the game, Luka Modric has been ruled out of the game with a hamstring injury and could miss the Copa del Rey final as well.

Apart from Modric, Real Madrid will also be without the services of defenders David Alaba and Ferland Mendy for the contest.

But there is some good news as captain and ace goalscorer Karim Benzema is back in the squad after missing the Girona clash with a knock.

Along with Benzema, Eden Hazard, who also missed the last game with injury, and Dani Ceballos, who was suspended, are also back on the roster to face Almeria.

Thibaut Courtois missed the Girona clash due to gastroenteritis, but has been named on the squad, hinting that he has recovered from his issue. Youngsters Sergio Arribas and Mario Martin, who were in the squad for the trip to Catalonia in midweek, have been axed.

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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.

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