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Real Madrid consider 20-year-old Portuguese defender as the best January option to replace Alaba – report



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Benfica’s 20-year-old defender Antonio Silva is the centre-back Real Madrid like the most but his price is proving very high for Los Blancos to even think of a move in January, as per a report by Jose Feliz Diaz (h/t MadridXtra). What’s more? His market valuation has increased quite a lot in recent times.

David Alaba’s ACL tear during Real Madrid’s recent win over Villarreal has made life difficult for Carlo Ancelotti and his team. The team was already reeling over the loss of Eder Militao and with another centre-back lost for the entirety of the season, things have started to look bleak.

Antonio Silva will be an expensive acquisition

We reported before that Madrid are contemplating several ideas to overcome the ongoing problem, including reinstating on-loan defender Rafa Marin.

Apart from that, they also have as many as four central defender on their agenda, namely, Goncalo Inacio of Sporting, Willian Pacho of Eintracht Frankfurt, Giorgio Scalvini of Atalanta and Silva, and recent reports suggest that Silva happens to be topping the chart.

Silva’s current market valuation stands at approximately €45 million, while his release clause is set at a substantial €100 million. This means acquiring him through this avenue requires a substantial financial investment.

Right now, Real Madrid need a quick fix and there is considerable anticipation surrounding the inclusion of Aurelien Tchouameni in Real Madrid’s starting lineup as the central defender for their final match of 2023 against Alaves on December 21.

“We don’t want him to be central, but this is an emergency and he can do it,” said Carlo Ancelotti following the game yesterday.

“Regarding the market, in the coming days we will see if something can be done,” he added.

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Real Madrid star unlikely to travel to London with the rest of the squad



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Real Madrid will be on their way to England this Thursday as they gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The players and the staff will be on a flight to London tomorrow to prepare for the clash at Wembley.

However, according to a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin might not travel with the rest of the team tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper has not trained for three days in a row after coming down with the flu.

Lunin has overcome the flu, but he still has the virus and there is still a chance he could be contagious.

Lunin will not travel with the rest of the team. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid, aware of the importance of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, are considering leaving the Ukrainian behind to avoid any possible contagion ahead of the Champions League final.

The goalkeeper will likely not travel with the rest of the expedition to London on Thursday and will fly alone on Saturday to avoid the risk of infection.

On Thursday, Lunin will undergo another check-up and, depending on the viral load, he could even travel on Friday. But it seems impossible for him to travel with his teammates.

It has already been suggested that Lunin would be making way for Thibaut Courtois in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The likelihood of that has increased following the events of this week.

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