As we head into the third gameweek of La Liga, Real Madrid already look well-placed to defend their crown. They berated Celta Vigo 1-4 away from home, and will now make the trip to Catalunya to take on Espanyol.
Carlo Ancelotti does not have a 100% fit squad at his disposal for this game, with Jesus Vallejo and Alvaro Odriziola out injured, while Nacho also misses out.
Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy, David Alaba, Antonio Rudiger, and Eder Militao round off a five-man defence.
Ancelotti does, however, have the entire midfield ready for the clash. Toni Kroos returns after suffering from flu, joining his forever midfield partner Luka Modric.
Rodrygo, too, has made his way back into the team after missing the opening two games. He will have to claw his way into the starting lineup, fighting Federico Valverde for the right-wing spot.
As for Marco Asensio, he continues to be included in the squad list until Los Blancos can find a definitive solution for his immediate future. The same holds for out-of-favour striker Mariano Diaz as well.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.