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Real Madrid considering a change in position for 29-year-old centre-back



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For a centre-back to arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu and be a bonafide success in his very first year is seldom heard of. Very few defenders have arrived at Real Madrid and adapted as seamlessly as Dabid Alaba.

The Austrian has not even been at the club for a year, and it is already impossible to imagine a starting lineup without him. Despite naturally being a left-back, he has slotted into Real Madrid’s central defence and taken what was Ramos’ spot.

However, that could all change again. According to reports from Rodrigo Faez of ESPN (h/t TheMadridZone), the club consider moving Alaba back to his original position at left-back.

To replace him in central defence, Los Blancos are said to be eyeing Antonio Rudiger. The German is expected to form a partnership with Eder Militao next season.

The Chelsea defender will be a free agent in June, and has decided to try a new challenge for next season.

Though Barcelona were initially interested in his signature, they eventually pulled out of the race because of his wage demands. That will not be a problem for Real Madrid.

This season, Rudiger has started 28 league games for Chelsea. He has scored three goals, but more importantly, he has been one of the best centre-backs in the league. The team has maintained 13 clean sheets with him on the field.

With Marcelo set to depart at the end of the season, Alaba would be more than able replacement. It would also mount the pressure on Ferland Mendy through direct competition and help bring the best out of the Frenchman.

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Arsenal boss requests €25 million-rated Real Madrid attacker



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Marco Asensio is among the players who are facing an uncertain future at Real Madrid as we approach the second half of the campaign.

The attacker’s current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. And despite showing glimpses of his potential during the course of this campaign, his continuity in the Spanish capital is far from guaranteed.

According to Fichajes, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has urged the club to push for an operation to sign Asensio at the end of the season.

The Spanish tactician has identified Asensio as an ideal candidate to reinforce his ranks in the attacking unit. The Real Madrid star, after all, brings in a wealth of experience, having featured in over 260 competitive matches for Los Blancos.

The forward’s tally of 53 goals and 29 assists is not bad by any means either. And given his versatility in the final third of the pitch, he could be a useful addition for Arsenal in the coming season.

But the Real Madrid camp will not too keen on offloading their star player. The club have been impressed by the attacker’s performance, which could potentially lead to a renewal offer later this year.

However, it must be noted that Real Madrid are yet to table any official offer for the attacker. In fact, it is Arsenal who have started laying the groundwork and are expected to meet the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in London to discuss a potential move to Emirates Stadium.

It appears Liverpool are in the mix as well, though Arsenal remain the favourite due to the presence of Mikel Arteta. Barcelona, too, had showcased interest in signing Asensio in the summer, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the Spaniard in the coming months.

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