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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Cadiz

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Real Madrid will be aiming toreduce the gap to the top of the La Liga standings to ten points when they take on Cadiz later tonight at Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla.

The Merengues are 13 points shy of leaders Barcelona with ten matches left to be played, and the title looks gone at this point, although it is still a mathematical possibility. The idea would be to delay Barça’s triumph for as long as they can by stitching together a run of wins.

Ahead of tonight’s game against Cadiz, manager Carlo Ancelotti has announced the starting XI that will step out on the pitch.

There are several changes made to the team that started against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League earlier this week.

Nacho Fernandez and Lucas Vazquez come in as the full-backs while Antonio Rudiger also gets the nod ahead of David Alaba as Eder Militao’s defensive partner.

Meanwhile, Dani Ceballos and Aurelien Tchouameni have been handed starts in the middle of the park by Ancelotti, along with Federico Valverde. Toni Kroos misses out with injury whereas Luka Modric is rested.

With no Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes starts out on the left wing while Marco Asensio comes in on the right. Karim Benzema spearheads the attack for Real Madrid against Cadiz. Thibaut Courtois continues in goal.

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report

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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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