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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Manchester City; UCL semis first leg

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Santiago Bernabéu is set to host Manchester City tonight in the UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg, as Real Madrid hope to go two-for-two against Pep Guardiola’s side in consecutive semi-finals.

Carlo Ancelotti has made a few changes to the starting lineup that took on Osasuna in the Copa del Rey final on Sunday. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal, commanding the box, with four defenders screening him.

David Alaba has received the nod to start in central defence alongside Antonio Rudiger, who replaces the suspended Eder Militao. Daniel Carvajal starts on the right side of the quartet, with Eduardo Camavinga holding width on the left.

In midfield, meanwhile, Toni Kroos gets the start over Aurelien Tchouameni, while Luka Modric returns to the setup after his hamstring injury. The midfield is rounded off by Federico Valverde.

Finally, in attack, Karim Benzema spearheads the trio, while Rodrygo assumes responsibility on the right-wing. Vinicius Jr retains his spot on the left side.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Camavinga; Valverde, Kroos, Modric; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius

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Real Madrid reach agreement with Borussia Dortmund for Bellingham, medical to follow

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In a huge development, David Ornstein of The Athletic is reporting that Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have reached an agreement over the transfer of midfield sensation Jude Bellingham.

The 19-year-old prodigy had become one of Los Blancos’ main priorities for the summer transfer window and the club had been working on a deal for him for months now.

And after seeing off competition from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City, the Merengues managed to reach an agreement with Bellingham over personal terms last month.

Talks with Dortmund were put on hold until the Bundesliga season was over, but things have accelerated in recent times. Earlier this week, reports emerged claiming that positive talks had been held between the two clubs.

And now, Real Madrid have reached a total agreement with Dortmund for Bellingham’s signing. As per the report, the transfer fee for the teenage sensation will exceed €100 million, making it one of the most expensive operations in the history of both clubs.

The deal has not been signed yet, but it is considered only a mere formality at this point. Soon, the England international will undergo his medicals in the coming days as well before completing the transfer to Real Madrid.

Bellingham might not be the only Englishman to end up at the Spanish capital this summer as Los Blancos also have their sights set on a move for his national team captain, Harry Kane.

Indeed, the 29-year-old Tottenham Hotspur superstar is a primary target for Real Madrid as a replacement for Karim Benzema, who completed his transfer to Al Ittihad. The Merengues are understood to be preparing an €80 million offer for him, but it could fall short of Spurs’ valuation.

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