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Real Madrid could sign a left-back next summer, ex-academy ace on the agenda – Romano

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Real Madrid could make a move to sign a new left-back in the summer window, reports transfer expert Fabrizio Romano (via amp). The journalist adds that Los Blancos are tracking the progress of former academy man Fran Garcia as a possible option.

The left-back position has become a matter of serious concern for Real Madrid of late. Ferland Mendy has been reliable for large parts but comes with his limitations and deficiencies as was visible in the game against Villarreal earlier today.

Beyond him, Los Blancos do not have a cover at the moment as David Alaba wishes to play as a centre-back. Nacho is available at Carlo Ancelotti’s, but cannot be counted as a top-quality option.

Thus, a new left-back is something that the reigning champions of Spain and Europe could look for in the market, apart from their well-known pursuit of Jude Bellingham. And, Fran Garcia, who left the club for Rayo Vallecano, is an option that is being looked at.

The 23-year-old is a product of Real Madrid’s academy and made one senior appearance for the club before leaving for Rayo in 2020. After spending a season on loan, his signing was made permanent and the left-back has grown leaps and bounds at the Vallecas.

Garcia is regarded as one of the most reliable left-backs in La Liga now, and according to Romano, Real Madrid have been following him for a long time now and could swoop for him in the summer.

Considering that the Merengues still own 50% of Garcia’s rights, they could sign him for half the amount of his €10 million release clause, i.e., €5 million.

However, Romano does mention that there are several other options on the list for Real Madrid.

In the recent past, there have been rumours about a move for Bayern Munich sensation Alphonso Davies, although the German giants are unlikely to want to lose their star player.

Another ex-academy man, Miguel Gutierrez, who left for Girona in the last summer window, had also been mentioned as a possible target not very long ago.

So, it remains to be seen who the Spanish capital giants bring in, but a new left-back seems very likely to come through the doors at the Santiago Bernabeu later this year.

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Premier League midfielder explains the difference between Vinicius and Rodrygo, praises Endrick

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In Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr., Real Madrid have two attacking superstars who are bound to lead the team to great heights for years to come.

The Brazilian duo have become integral to Carlo Ancelotti’s plans over the past few years and have played key roles in the success that the Merengues have achieved of late.

And, as we enter the final phase of the season, both Rodrygo and Vinicius will be crucial for Real Madrid to win silverware.

What’s the difference between Rodrygo and Vinicius?

Rodrygo and Vinicius will be playing in England tonight as Real Madrid take on Manchester City in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Ahead of the contest, Fulham midfielder Andreas Pereira, who has seen both Rodrygo and Vinicius from close quarters with the Brazil national team, has shed light on how both players are different from each other but equally impactful.

Speaking on the FIVE Podcast, Pereira stated that Rodrygo was more versatile and smooth whereas Vinicius was more of an explosive player.

“I would say Rodrygo can play as a No. 10, right wing, left wing, false nine. He’s just so smooth… you cannot put pressure on him, he turns right, he turns left,” Pereira said.

“I think Vini is so explosive, he can score a goal in 1 second. He can lose a ball & look tired… then boom, it’s a goal. He’s more explosive, fast. So the combination they both have together is just… to play with them, it’s easy you know (laughs).”

The present and future of Real Madrid. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

On being asked if Arsenal star Bukayo Saka was better than Rodrygo, Pereira laughed off that suggestion and said:

“Saka better than Rodrygo? Rodrygo? From Real Madrid? (laughs). Nah, your opinion is different. I like Saka, I think he’s amazing, but Rodrygo can play in all positions, plays for Real Madrid.”

Pereira praises Endrick

Pereira also had some words of praise for soon-to-be Real Madrid player Endrick. The Brazilian whizkid signed for the Merengues in December 2022 itself and will be arriving this summer once he turns 18.

There are a lot of expectations on the 17-year-old and Pereira has now added to the hype surrounding him, saying:

“Endrick? I don’t know the English word, but in Brazil we have a word: ‘O iluminado’. You know when a lot of people are about to be born and God says ‘this is the one’, he’s like that. He’s a monster.”

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