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Real Madrid consider former striker as ideal alternative for Erling Haaland

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Real Madrid are the undisputed favourite to get their hands on Kylian Mbappe this summer. But their pursuit of Erling Haaland has been met with several roadblocks and it appears the Borussia Dortmund starlet could be on his way to Manchester City in the summer.

It has prompted Real Madrid to consider other alternatives in the market. According to Diario AS, one of the potential options could be Raul de Tomas of Espanyol.

A product of the La Fabbrica youth academy, Raul de Tomas had worked his way up within the Real Madrid ranks before leaving the club in 2019, in favour of a move to SL Benfica.

But he could be on the verge of rejoining his boyhood club this summer, with Los Blancos reportedly targeting him as a potential back-up to their attacking trifecta of Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe.

It appears Carlo Ancelotti is looking for a reliable centre-forward to complement these three world-class attackers. The existing options in Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovic are not favoured by the Italian and both could end up leaving the club at the end of the season.

That is where Raul de Tomas comes into the fray. A homegrown player who knows the club well, the 27-year-old offers an abundance of experience at the highest level of football.

In addition to his experience and familiarity with the Real Madrid setup, the Spaniard has been hugely successful in La Liga since joining Espanyol in early 2020.

In just over two years, he has racked up 43 goals in 85 competitive appearances, 15 of which have come in the ongoing campaign.

The 27-year-old’s performances have been critical in helping Espanyol remain out of the relegation scrap, but one would expect him to join a bigger club in the summer, especially Real Madrid currently on the hunt.

The report suggests de Tomas has a release clause embedded in his contract worth around €70 million. But Espanyol could be willing to offload him for a fee in the region of the €30-40 million mark, though. it won’t be surprising to see Real Madrid negotiate a lower price.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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