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Real Madrid and PSG show interest in €90 million-rated Arsenal defensive mainstay

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The closure of Kylian Mbappe’s arrival has helped the Real Madrid offices shift their priority to other positions of interest. The centre-back department, on that front, appears to be in serious focus.

Nacho Fernandez’s departure has added steam to Real Madrid’s pursuit of a new signing, with Leny Yoro tipped as the prime target.

Mundo Deportivo, however, reveal the name of a rather surprising candidate on the list.

A target in London

As revealed by the Spanish outlet, Arsenal’s William Saliba is one of the names Los Blancos are monitoring as a potential target.

The 23-year-old has stood out for Mikel Arteta’s side in recent years and is widely considered one of the best players of the next generation.

Saliba has been impressive at the Euros. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Los Blancos have had their eye on the youngster for a while now, but are not alone as PSG are also said to have registered interest.

Saliba is currently on duty with the French National Team at the Euros and has started all four games for his team, overseeing three clean sheets in the process. Last season, he notably started all 38 Premier League games for Arsenal.

A far-fetched option

While interest from Real Madrid is sufficient to lure away most players of the game, Saliba’s move to the Spanish capital appears complicated for financial reasons.

Los Blancos have blatantly refused to meet Lille’s €60 million valuation of Leny Yoro and stay firm on their offer of €40 million. If that is indeed their budget for a new centre-back, it is safe to say that Saliba would be an unrealistic target.

The 23-year-old, after all, is under contract with Arsenal until 2027 and has a market value of close to €90 million. His signing, thus, will not come cheap.

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Real Madrid occupy second place in UEFA coefficient rankings, behind Manchester City

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With the 2024/25 season only a month away, UEFA have released the latest coefficient rankings for clubs and Real Madrid occupy the second position in the standings, behind Manchester City.

The new season removes the oldest of the five seasons that count towards the rankings from the overall tally and instead adds the one yet to be played, which is currently at zero because none of the big teams have played yet.

And, as like last year, Real Madrid continue to be in the second position behind Manchester City despite having won the UEFA Champions League in the campaign gone by.

With the elimination of points from the 2019/20 season, the ranking is altered to give value to the latest campaigns, but even so, Real Madrid are still unable to overtake City.

Source: UEFA

Pep Guardiola’s side have 123,000 points to Real Madrid’s 119,000 while Bayern Munich sit third with 108,000 points. Liverpool take up the fourth position.

Real Madrid have won two Champions League titles to Manchester City’s one in the last five years.

But Guardiola’s side have managed to reach at least the semi-finals, as well as two finals, in all the editions that count towards the current ranking. That has allowed them to rack up a considerable number of points and still lead the standings.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s arch-rivals, Barcelona have dropped to the 18th position in the standings while Atletico Madrid are just a place above them in the 17th spot.

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