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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Chelsea



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Real Madrid have made the trip to London to lock horns against the defending champions of the coveted Champions League, Chelsea. The two teams met in the semi-finals last year, with the Blues trumping out the side from the Spanish capital.

For today, Carlo Ancelotti has made one surprising selection in the form of Federico Valverde, who is expected to start at the right-wing. He will be partnered by Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. in the attack who start centrally and on the left of the attack.

The golden trident of Luka Modric, Casemiro, and Toni Kroos starts in the midfield hoping to be in control against Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Finally, in defence, David Alaba takes his spot as one of the two central defenders, with Eder Militao anchoring the back-four alongside him. Dani Carvajal will be responsible for providing width from the right, while Ferland Mendy starts on the left.

No doubt about the man in goal as Thibaut Courois gears up for another tough night.

Official Real Marid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors




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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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