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Real Madrid ace set to start for Brazil in World Cup opener against Serbia – report

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Brazil will kick off their FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign later tonight when they face off against Serbia in a Group G encounter. And, according to Mario Cortegana of MARCA, Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior is in line to start for the Selecao against the Serbian outfit.

Brazil have a loaded attacking department that boasts of players like Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison, Antony, Raphinha, Pedro, and Gabriel Martinelli apart from the Real Madrid duo of Vinicius and Rodrygo Goes.

So, naturally, manager Tite has a vital decision to make with regard to his attacking lineup for the game against Serbia tonight. And, as per the report, Vinicius is in line to get the nod from the kickoff versus the European nation.

The report indicates that Brazil will line up in a 4-4-2 formation on the night, which will see Vinicius get deployed on the left flank while Barcelona’s Raphinha will likely take up the right wing. Neymar and Richarlison are in line to get the nod as the two strikers.

Vinicius has been in fine form over the past year and has started the 2022/23 campaign on an impressive note. In 21 matches across all competitions for Real Madrid, the 22-year-old forward has 15 goal contributions (10 goals, 5 assists).

Recently, Brazil icon and former Barcelona defender Dani Alves praised Vinicius as well as Rodrygo, claiming that the Real Madrid duo is destined for greatness.

Vinicius has made 16 appearances for the Brazilian national team so far in his career and has managed to score just one goal.

The 22-year-old will be hoping to boost that tally in the coming weeks and help the Selecao go all the way at the World Cup, starting with the game against Serbia tonight.

Rodrygo and Eder Militao, meanwhile, will have to settle for a spot on the bench.

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Real Madrid set upper limit for Jude Bellingham’s signing in the summer – report

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Real Madrid are hot on the trail of Jude Bellingham over a transfer in the summer of 2023 in the hopes of revamping their midfielder completely.

Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, and Aurelien Tchouameni will already form the heart of their midfield for the next decade or so, and someone like Bellingham can add immeasurable quality and competition to it.

That said, Madrid already know about the competition they will face in pursuit of the Englishman, and have set an upper price limit for his signing, according to a report published by SPORT.

They are not ready to offer anything more than what they paid for Tchouameni in the summer – €80 million + €20 million. That is far from what Borussia Dortmund want for the midfielder, though.

The Yellow and Black have valued the English midfielder around €150 million, nearly double what they received for Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland individually.

Madrid are not along in the race for Bellingham, either. Previous reports have quoted interest from Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool, but it seems unlikely that any of them apart from Chelsea will want to shell out €150 million on one player.

Bellingham has been in incredible form this season, and also has three goals and two assists to his name in the Bundesliga to back his performances up. The 19-year-old has been unplayable in the Champions League, too, with four goals and an assist in five games.

As England geared up to face Iran for the opening matchday of the FIFA World Cup, the Dortmund midfielder opened the scoring for the Three Lions in the 35th minute. If he can maintain his form, it seems unlikely that BVB will budge from their asking price.

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