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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Sevilla



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It’s the penultimate matchday in La Liga as Real Madrid travel to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to take on Sevilla. Madrid are looking to secure second place in the league after Barcelona officially won it on matchday 34, while Sevilla are trying to fight for a place in the UEFA Conference League.

With several players injured, Carlo Ancelotti has rotated his side heavily. The attack, in fact, only consists of Rodrygo as a natural attacker. He will spearhead what presumably looks like a 4-2-3-1.

In midfield, Luka Modric can be assumed to take on the no. 10 role, with Federico Valverde manning the right-wing position. Dani Ceballos also gets the nod, most likely as the left-winger.

Toni Kroos and Aurelien Tchouameni will take the responsibility as the double pivot, screening David Alaba and Eder Militao in central defence.

Lucas Vazquez has been handed a start in Daniel Carvajal’s absence as the left-back, while Ferland Mendy retains his spot as the left-back. Finally, Thibaut Courtois holds the fort in goal.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Tchouameni, Kroos; Valverde, Modric, Ceballos; Rodrygo

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Premier League club close the doors on defender’s exit amid Real Madrid interest




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Back in March, news surfaced that Real Madrid and Manchester United were both interested in signing Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite

The competition for his signature was fierce, but United eventually shifted their attention to another target, Leny Yoro, leaving Real Madrid without a new defender. 

Despite their interest, Everton’s high valuation of Branthwaite at €80 million made both clubs reconsider their pursuit.

According to a report from The Athletic, Everton’s stance on Branthwaite has now solidified. They are not entertaining any offers for the defender. 

Real Madrid, in reality, never made an official bid. They were merely observing from a distance as Everton turned down two substantial offers from Manchester United. 

The highest of these offers was close to €60 million, including both fixed and variable components, yet it still fell short of Everton’s expectations.

Everton want nothing less than €80 million

Everton’s valuation of Branthwaite is influenced by recent high-profile transfers of defenders like Harry Maguire, Wesley Fofana, and Josko Gvardiol. 

Jarrad Branthwaite will not leave Everton this summer. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

These deals have set a precedent, making Everton firm in their demand of £65-70 million, equivalent to over €82 million, for Branthwaite. Despite his high valuation, Everton is adamant about retaining him, considering him a crucial part of their future plans.

Complicating matters, Everton are facing significant financial difficulties. The club has been in a precarious financial position, confirmed by recent reports. 

The Friedkin Group, owners of Roma and potential new buyers for Everton, have halted negotiations with the club’s current owner, Farhad Moshiri. 

They have accumulated over €600 million in debt, and the uncertainty surrounding its management has only worsened the situation.

In light of these financial troubles, selling Branthwaite for a substantial amount could have provided a much-needed financial boost for Everton. However, the club is reluctant to part with one of their most promising young talents. 

They view Branthwaite as a vital component of their long-term strategy and are unwilling to sell him at a discount, even in their current economic state.

At Goodison Park, the decision to keep Branthwaite despite lucrative offers is a clear statement of their commitment to building a strong future. The young defender is seen as a key asset, and Everton’s refusal to sell him underscores their belief in his potential. 

The club’s financial struggles continue to pose challenges, but they are determined to navigate these difficulties without compromising their long-term vision.

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