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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Real Sociedad



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It’s a big gameweek in La Liga as Barcelona host Osasuna, Valencia take on Villarreal, Real Betis travel to Athletic Club, while Real Madrid travel to San Sebastian to lock horns against Real Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti has made a few changes to the starting lineup ahead of their game against Osasuna in the Copa del Rey final. With Karim Benzema not called up, Mariano Diaz starts as the striker.

He is accompanied by Rodrygo on the left-wing, while Marco Asensio starts on the right side of the attack.

In midfield, meanwhile, Aurelien Tchouameni gets a start as the defensive midfielder. Dani Ceballos and Toni Kroos, meanwhile, get the nod as the no. 8s, with Luka Modric injured and Federico Valverde benched.

David Alaba is still out of action due to injury, and hence Eder Militao has to start in central defence alongside Antonio Rudiger. Nacho has been placed as the left-back, while Daniel Carvajal takes his place on the right side of the back-four.

Thibaut Courtois is the final piece of the puzzle, holding the fort in goal.

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



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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