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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Celta Vigo
Real Madrid have made the trip to Balaidos to take on Celta Vigo for matchday 2 of La Liga. After opening the season with a 1-2 win over Almeria, Los Blancos will be hoping for a much smoother matchday experience.
Thibaut Courtois starts in goal, hoping to maintain his first clean sheet of the season, and is guarded by Eder Militao and David Alaba in the heart of the defence. Daniel Carvajal takes his place on the right of the back-four, with Ferland Mendy on the opposite side.
With Casemiro off to Manchester United, Aurelien Tchouameni comes in at defensive midfield, flanked by Eduardo Camavinga and Luka Modric on either side of the midfield trident.
The attack features a trio, as well. Karim Benzema spearheads the team, hoping to open his account for the season. He got an accidental assist against Almeria, but his performance was far from ideal.
Federico Valverde starts on the right-wing, as he has so often this season. Vinicius Jr rounds off the starting lineup on the left side.
Vinicius · Benzema · Valverde
Camavinga · Tchouameni · Modric
Mendy · Alaba · Militao · Carvajal
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Harry Kane’s signing could complicate Real Madrid’s plan to sign Erling Haaland in 2024
Those sitting in the Real Madrid offices are aware that the team needs an emergency number 9. In this context, manager Carlo Ancelotti has already affirmed that they are working on some targets, although he decided not to reveal any names.
Now, what makes this operation trickier is that Madrid already have Erling Haaland on their agenda. The Manchester City forward is billed for the summer of 2024, meaning that any signing Madrid make this year will be extremely short-term.
A couple of days back, we reported that Ancelotti has made the signing of Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane his priority. The manager is of the idea that the England international will be the ideal candidate to provide competition to Benzema, whose physical fitness is now deteriorating.
As far as Kane is concerned, the Tottenham forward is rightly expected to leave and fellow Premier League side Manchester United happen to be interested in his acquisition as well.
It is not really difficult for Madrid to sign Kane, but the fact that Madrid already have Haaland in their plans is a problem, reports AS. At 29 years of age, Kane is not someone who would step down from his starting role when Haaland arrives.
Add to it the continuity of Benzema is yet another issue. All this means there is a high possibility that if Kane arrives, the team will overbook the number 9 position.
At the moment, there is a parade of names that Madrid are following, namely, Goncalo Ramos, Dusan Vlahovic and even Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, but nothing is certain at the moment.
What Madrid need is a short-term option, someone who is either willing to settle for a secondary role, even when Benzema leave/retires or is ready to come on a season-long loan to cover the position until Madrid sign Haaland in 2024. Either way, Harry Kane does not fit the bill.