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Real Madrid defensive target on Newcastle, Man United radar for the winter – report

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Real Madrid’s first-place position in the league table at the halfway point of the season is a testament to the excellent work of coach Carlo Ancelotti, but the feat looks even more impressive considering the unlucky hand Real Madrid have been dealt with in terms of injuries this season.

With players falling like dominos, casualties in the defensive department have been a constant theme this season.

In fact, Real Madrid were forced to start Nacho Fernandez as a make-shift center back against Alaves last night, and following his red card suspension, the coach had no other choice but to berth Aurelien Tchouameni at the heart of the defense.

As such, the Merengues are observantly eyeing any potential replacements that can arrive this January, with reports previously stating that the club’s hierarchy is finally considering a reinforcement in defense.

And one of the players who has already been on the club’s radar is Goncalo Inacio, who penned a €60 million release clause and a contract that runs until 2027 with Sporting last summer.

Goncalo Inacio in high demand

Indeed, according to the Portuguese outlet Record, Sporting CP’s star center-back is being eyed by two Premier League heavyweights.

The teams in question are Manchester United and Newcastle United, who are prepared to give Madrid a run for their money in the pursuit of Inacio.

The Magpies have been one of the biggest revelations of English football following the club’s takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

And with cash to burn and aspirations sky-high, Newcastle are eyeing Inacio as an ideal recruitment to certify their spot in the infamous Top Four.

Meanwhile, Manchester United, among Arsenal and Liverpool, are also vying for the 23-year-old’s signature as Erik Ten Hag’s side have shown great instability throughout the campaign, being knocked out of Europe too.

Real Madrid may have an ace up their sleeves

Even though Inacio has his fair share of suitors waiting in line, Sporting CP has reportedly stated to Real Madrid that they are amenable to changing the conditions of their payment collection, notwithstanding Inacio’s high release clause worth.

The youngster may fetch an asking price of €45 million up front and a further €15 million in variable bonuses.

However, Real Madrid will need to move quickly given the intensive competition.

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Real Madrid ace misses training for third consecutive day ahead of UCL final

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As Real Madrid get closer and closer to their final game of the season against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League, they are now sweating over the availability of one of their players.

It has already been confirmed that both David Alaba and Aurelien Tchouameni will miss the finals in London due to injuries.

Other than that, Carlo Ancelotti is likely to have the entirety of his squad available at his disposal, although there could be some concerns surrounding Andriy Lunin.

Lunin not in training for the third day in running

Indeed, Andriy Lunin has not participated in team training today, making it three days in a row heading into the Champions League final, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The Real Madrid goalkeeper is down with a fever that has kept him out of training for three days in a row now.

However, the report does add that despite not being in training for three days now, the Ukrainian international will fly to London and be on the squad list for the finals.

But with reports already suggesting that Thibaut Courtois will be starting in goal against Dortmund, Lunin’s continued absence from training only further strengthens the Belgian’s chances.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was absent from training on Tuesday due to personal reasons, is back working with the rest of the squad today. The Spaniard will have no involvement in Saturday’s final though.

Carlo Ancelotti is likely to go with the exact same starting lineup that he named for the Merengues’ final La Liga match against Real Betis.

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