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Real Madrid dealt blow in pursuit of 20-year-old Portuguese defensive ace: “We’ll not let him leave”

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Real Madrid are set to enter the market for defensive reinforcements in the upcoming January transfer window after being struck by injuries.

With Eder Militao already out with an ACL injury, Los Blancos also lost David Alaba to the same ailment earlier this month, with the latter fully ruled out of the current season.

It has left Carlo Ancelotti with just two senior central defenders in Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez, forcing the club to scour the market for a new player.

And, as per reports, SL Benfica youngster Antonio Silva is one of the names on Real Madrid’s shortlist to fortify the defensive unit next month.

Just 20 years old, Silva has become a regular in the Benfica first-team setup, making 66 senior appearances, of which 22 have come in the ongoing campaign.

A talented young defender with a high ceiling, the Portuguese ace could fit well into Real Madrid’s recruitment policy.

However, any hopes of signing Silva from Benfica have been dealt a major blow as the Portuguese club’s manager, Roger Schmidt, has ruled out a sale in January.

“We will not let Antonio Silva leave. We are halfway through the season and we have big objectives with Benfica,” he said, as quoted by AS.

“He is happy at the club, so this is the end of the matter,” he further added, closing the doors on Real Madrid.

With Silva unlikely to be available, Real Madrid will have to look at other options, one of whom happens to be his compatriot and Sporting CP mainstay Goncalo Inacio.

Names like Robert Renan and Giorgio Scalvini have also been mentioned as potential options and only time will tell who Real Madrid sign, if they do that is.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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