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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Girona



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Real Madrid take on Girona FC in La Liga later tonight at Estadi Montilivi in a bid to extend their recent winning streak in all competitions.

And building up to the game, manager Carlo Ancelotti has announced the lineup that will be taking the field for Real Madrid against the Catalan outfit.

With Thibaut Courtois not travelling to Girona due to gastroenteritis, Andriy Lunin gets the nod in goal. Dani Carvajal returns at right-back while Nacho Fernandez moves to the left-back position as a result.

Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao continue at the heart of the Los Blancos’ defence.

Aurelien Tchouameni, who started at the weekend against Celta Vigo, has been overlooked by Ancelotti. Instead, it is Toni Kroos who starts as the pivot midfielder, flanked by Federico Valverde and Luka Modric.

With no Karim Benzema, Rodrygo Goes starts through the middle in attack and he will be supported by Marco Asensio and Vinicius Jr.

Young talents Sergio Arribas and Mario Martin are named among the substitutes and could receive some minutes in the latter stages against Girona.

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Real Madrid eye €3.5 million-rated relegated Premier League striker to reinforce attack



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Following a difficult season with troubles in La Liga and the Champions League preventing Real Madrid from retaining their crowns, Los Blancos move towards a transformative summer, full of innovations.

Real Madrid managed to clear plenty of unwanted figures at the club, with a huge relief on the wage bill. However, with an array of exits, the squad has contracted and thus replacements are being inquired.

Apart from the high-profile departure of Karim Benzema, fringe players have also bid their farewell.

Among those names is Mariano Diaz, who was Madrid’s backup striker prior to his withdrawal. Several names have been put on the table to fill his absence as the club largely aim to address their lack of depth.

According to Arancha Rodriguez (via RM4Arab), Leeds United striker Rodrigo Moreno is one of the names gaining consensus in the Madrid hierarchy. Moreover, Joselu has also been considered as a viable alternative.

The two favourites to replace Mariano have proven to be important figures for their clubs as both strikers maintain a starting role.

Playing for Espanyol, Joselu ended the La Liga campaign as the third top scorer, only behind Benzema and Lewandowski. Considering Espanyol’s relegation, such a feat looks even more impressive. The Spaniard secured 19 goals in all competitions.

On the other hand, Rodrigo Moreno recorded 16 goals last season across all competitions. Similar to Joselu’s case, the Spanish international also suffered relegation with Leeds, in spite of his good numbers.

With both players offering adequate output in struggling sides, Real Madrid’s interest is practical. Moreover, considering both Espanyol and Leeds were relegated, their asking price will undeniably lower, which enables the Merengues to sign one of the two targets at a more convenient rate.

It is claimed that Rodrigo has a release clause worth €3.5 million which Los Blancos would have to trigger to sign him from Leeds United.

It now remains to be seen whether Carlo Ancelotti & co. go after the former Valencia man or move for Joselu instead.

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