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Real Madrid defender one of Carlo Ancelotti’s ‘untouchables’ in the lineup – report

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According to MARCA, Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal is seen as an ‘untouchable’ in the lineup by manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The report from MARCA analyses Los Blancos’ defensive options and possible combinations for the upcoming crucial matches against CA Osasuna (Copa del Rey final) and Manchester City (UEFA Champions League semi-finals).

David Alaba, who is out injured, recently started doing some light work on the pitch and the Merengues are confident of his return for the Copa del Rey final on May 6.

His potential return would pose a question to Ancelotti about his centre-back pairing, with Eder Militao and Antonio Rudiger also vying for the starting berth.

Meanwhile, at left-back, the manager has some questions as well, with Eduardo Camavinga, Nacho Fernandez, and Ferland Mendy (should he return from injury) competing for the spot.

But, as far as the right-back position is concerned, there are no doubts about who is the first-choice starter, with Carvajal viewed as an ‘untouchable’ in the lineup.

Indeed, for a large part of the season, when fit and available, the Spanish veteran has been the preferred starter in the right-back slot. Only during games when he has a niggle or Ancelotti is protecting him for a more important clash have the likes of Lucas Vazquez or Nacho started.

So far this term, Carvajal has played 37 times (30 starts) across all competitions, registering five assists in the process.

While he continues to enjoy the trust of the manager, there is also a feeling within the club that they need to start putting a succession plan in place given that the Spaniard is 31 and has had fitness problems in the past.

Chelsea ace Reece James is seen as a target by Real Madrid, but the Englishman’s own fitness woes could prevent the club from making a move.

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report

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Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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