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Real Madrid and Getafe in negotiations for 20-year-old midfielder

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Midfielder Sergio Arribas is one of the players who could leave Real Madrid in the summer transfer window. According to what Spanish news outlet MARCA has reported, several La Liga teams have shown interest in the 20-year-old and a certain Getafe are one of them.

For now, Real are not ruling out any transfer and are listening to every offer that has come along despite the fact that he recently signed a new and improved two-year deal with the team.

Arribas has been with Real since 2012 when he joined their La Fabrica after playing for  CD Leganes and CDE Benito Perez Galdos.

In 2020, the young midfielder was promoted to Real Madrid Castilla and in the same year, he went on to make his senior debut, coming on as a late substitute for Vinicius Junior against Real Sociedad.

To date, he has played a total of 10 matches for the senior team. Although he is yet to open his account for them, he did score five goals for Real Madrid Castilla in 16 outings during the 2021-22 season.

Getafe have been actively scouting Real’s talent of late. Having already signed Borja Mayoral on a five-year deal, they are currently negotiating for Juanmi Latasa. 

The 21-year-old forward was expected to replace Karim Benzema in the first team setup, but lack of minutes during the pre-season has forced him to assess his options. 

Before the pre-season, Rayo Vallecano and Real Valladolid both came up with an offer, but the forward decided to wait and hear what Carlo Ancelotti had to offer.

The aforementioned outlet has confirmed that Real and Getafe are negotiating a permanent transfer, with the former retaining 50% of the forward’s rights. 

Although a simple loan move is also a possibility, it must be noted that Real will also include a buy-back clause in case of a permanent transfer.

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Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report

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Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.

The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.

Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.

This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.

Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia

Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.

With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.

Ancelotti to go with a makeshift central defensive pairing vs Valencia (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.

Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.

What are Ancelotti’s other options?

Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.

The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.

Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.

Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.

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