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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Shakhtar Donetsk



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Real Madrid are aiming to maintain their perfect start to the Champions League campaign as they take on Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

A win against the Ukrainian outfit could guarantee the top spot in Group F for the reigning European champions. However, with a game against FC Barcelona due on Saturday, Carlo Ancelotti is facing a selection dilemma heading into this contest.

Real Madrid have recently announced their squad for the game against Shakhtar Donetsk, with a couple of key players notably missing out due to injuries.

Thibaut Courtois is one of the players omitted from the team that travels to Warsaw, along with Dani Ceballos, who had picked up a hamstring injury prior to the reverse fixture against the same opponent.

On the bright side, Eder Militao has been included in the setup despite his muscle spasm. However, the Brazilian might not be risked ahead of the Barcelona game, as hinted by Ancelotti in a recent presser.

Real Madrid squad vs Shakhtar: Lunin, Lopez, Canizares; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Odriozola, Rudiger, Mendy; Kroos, Modric, Camavinga, Valverde, Lucas V, Tchouameni; Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Vinicius, Mariano, Rodrygo

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Real Madrid offered the chance to sign Brazilian striker, one of 4-5 names on radar



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There is no secret that Real Madrid might consider a move for a new striker in the coming summer. With Karim Benzema slowly nearing the end of his career, the club are looking for a viable alternative ahead of the new season.

Carlo Ancelotti has been left impressed by the performances of Rodrygo in the centre forward position. But the club could still use the services of a more recognised option in the number nine position.

The Spanish giants are reportedly assessing La Liga for a potential low-cost option. But they are also open to looking through in other leagues, in their bid to add more depth in the attacking department.

To that end, Fabrizio Romano claims Real Madrid are eyeing a swoop for Roberto Firmino. The Liverpool star has become the latest player to be shortlisted by Los Blancos, with his current contract at Liverpool expiring at the end of the season.

Formerly of TSG Hoffenheim, Firmino has a stellar track record of performing in Europe. He has scored 110 goals in 361 competitive matches during his time at Liverpool, winning the Premier League and the Champions League title.

A centre forward by trade, Roberto is known for his tactical flexibility and the ability to shift into wider areas to build up the player.

It makes him an appealing target for Real Madrid, who would prefer a versatile striker in their ranks that can not only provide cover for Benzema but also the likes of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.

Real Madrid, though, are yet to hold any discussions with Roberto Firmino just yet. He has just been added to the list of targets and one would expect the Spanish giants to make a move once the season is over and the player becomes a free agent.

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