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Official: Vinicius Jr starts for Brazil against Serbia; Rodrygo, Militao on the bench
Brazil will kickstart their FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign in less than an hour when they face Serbia in a Group G encounter. Ahead of the match, manager Tite has released the starting lineup that will take the field at the Lusail Stadium.
As was reported earlier today, Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr makes it to the lineup for Brazil. The 22-year-old has been tremendous form this season and has been rewarded with a start by Tite for the Selecao.
Vinicius starts on the left flank in a 4-2-3-1 formation for Brazil against Serbia, with the 22-year-old accompanied by Richarlison as the centre-forward and Barcelona’s Raphinha on the right wing. Neymar, meanwhile, occupies the No. 10 slot.
Unfortunately, there is no place in the starting XI for Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammates Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao, who find themselves on the bench.
Los Blancos’ icon and Manchester United star Casemiro starts in the two-man midfield pivot alongside Lucas Paqueta.
Another former Real Madrid player in the form of Danilo gets the nod at right-back while Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Alex Sandro complete the rest of the Brazil backline against Serbia. Liverpool No. 1 Alisson Becker mans the goal for the tournament favourites.
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Atletico Madrid ‘approach’ Real Madrid, Arsenal midfield target over summer move
According to AS, Atletico Madrid have made the first approach for Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga, who has also been linked heavily with a move to Real Madrid and Arsenal.
The 20-year-old midfielder has emerged as one of the most exciting young prospects in Spanish football this season, having already netted nine goals in La Liga.
It has alerted a series of top-level clubs, with the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid all being linked with the youngster, who has a €40 million release clause in his contract with Celta.
Real Madrid are in the market for midfield reinforcements and have identified Jude Bellingham as their top target, but Veiga is also said to be on the agenda at the Santiago Bernabeu
However, recently, the Galician club’s president confirmed that there had been contact from clubs in England, but stated that Real Madrid had made no approach.
On top of that, a report from MARCA quoted a club source saying that they were not contemplating signing the 20-year-old.
Amidst this, it has now emerged that Atletico Madrid have made an approach towards signing Veiga from Celta Vigo in the summer transfer window.
The Rojiblancos are also in the market for new midfielders amid question marks over the futures of Saul Niguez and Geoffrey Kondogbia.
While Diego Simeone’s side have taken a first step, the report indicates that Veiga, in case of the absence of interest from Real Madrid, would prefer to join Arsenal.
So, the Colchoneros will need to put in efforts to convince the 20-year-old to choose them over a move to the Premier League club come summer if they are serious about adding the talented youngster to their roster for next season.