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Real Madrid ahead of Chelsea in race to sign 18-year-old Brazilian whizkid – report

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The Brazilian market has no dearth of young talents. While the world swoons over the well-known names on the market like Endrick, Real Madrid are simultaneously keeping close contact with other proteges who could arrive as able weapons to Ancelotti’s plans.

According to reports in England, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are keeping close tabs on Botafogo’s young striker Matheus Nascimento. Though clubs like Chelsea are also interested in the 18-year-old, Los Blancos are said to be leading the race.

However, Florentino Perez does not intend to sign Nascimento for the first team given his tender age and raw talent. Instead, the management wish to give the youngster a run in the Castilla first before deciding on a possible promotion to the first team.

The teenager is often called the Brazilian Edinson Cavani for his aggressive style of play in front of goal. Yet, his strengths are not just limited to finishing as he boasts of excellent movement off the ball and does the work of a playmaker too.

In 14 matches across the Copa do Brasil and Carioca Serie A in 2022, the youngster has scored seven goals and made a strong impression on Europe’s elite. Given Real Madrid’s lack of finishers barring Karim Benzema, their interest in the player is understandable.

Nascimento’s contract with Botafogo runs until 2025. With over two years left on his deal, his move would include a large transfer fee and it remains to be seen how far Real Madrid are willing to go for his transfer.

Los Blancos have tasted success with their recruitment from Brazil in recent years. While work is being done to sign Endrick, it seems like Matheus Nascimento could also be a player who could end up at Real Madrid in the near future.

The report indicates that if Real Madrid do sign the 18-year-old, he would initially become a part of the club’s Castilla setup before being pushed into the senior squad.

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Ancelotti sets a target for Real Madrid to achieve before facing Barcelona in La Liga

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Real Madrid are currently the frontrunners to win the La Liga title this season, having established a solid lead atop the table.

After 26 matchdays, Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos have built a six-point lead over second-placed Girona and are eight clear of arch-rivals Barcelona in third.

Ancelotti sets a target

While Real Madrid have already faced Girona and Atletico Madrid twice in La Liga already, they still have to face Barcelona for the second time.

And, as per AS, manager Carlo Ancelotti has set a target for his Real Madrid side to achieve before they face off against Xavi Hernandez’s Barça in a few weeks.

Los Blancos host their bitter rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu in the weekend of April 20-21, in matchweek 32.

And before that, Ancelotti wants Real Madrid to reach 80 points in La Liga, which he believes is the safety point for his team to go on to win the title.

As things stand, the Merengues are on 65 points from 26 games and have five matches to play in the league before they face Barcelona.

And for them to achieve Ancelotti’s intended target, they will have to win each of their matches between now and April 20, which will be anything but straightforward.

After all, Real Madrid are set to face Valencia at a hostile Mestalla this weekend before they take on a Celta Vigo side battling to avoid relegation next week.

Following that, they face a tricky Osasuna side away from home and Athletic Club at home while they will also take on Copa del Rey finalists RCD Mallorca.

Ancelotti wants the La Liga title race wrapped up by this point so that the team can face Barcelona without any pressure and instead keep their focus on the UEFA Champions League, provided they progress in the tournament.

It will be easier said than done, but if we have learned anything from Real Madrid this season, it is that they thrive in the face of adversities.

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