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Real Madrid duo in line to start for Brazil against Switzerland – report

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Brazil will look to take a step towards the knockout stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar when they face Switzerland later today. Having won their opening fixture against Serbia, Tite & co. will be gunning for all three points again.

However, the Selecao will have to do so without their most important player in Neymar, who suffered an ankle injury in the opening game against Serbia.

There have been a lot of speculations about who will replace Neymar in Brazil’s starting XI against Switzerland today. Real Madrid starlet Rodrygo was tipped as a favourite to do so, with manager Tite liking the young forward.

However, as per MARCA, that is unlikely to be the case. The report states that while the other two Real Madrid players in the Brazil squad – Vinicius Jr and Eder Militao – are in line to start, Rodrygo will once again be a substitute.

The 21-year-old had made his World Cup debut coming off the bench versus Serbia and will once again have to make do with a similar role instead of replacing Neymar in the lineup.

As for Vinicius, he was one of Brazil’s main protagonists in the win against Serbia and will have an even bigger role to play today in the absence of Neymar.

Militao did not make an appearance in the game against Serbia. However, an injury to Danilo has opened the space for the Real Madrid defender to get the nod at right-back, ahead of former Barcelona star Dani Alves.

As to who replaces Neymar in the side, the report indicates that Manchester United’s Fred is in line for a starting berth.

In that case, he would likely occupy the pivot position in midfield alongside club teammate and former Real Madrid ace Casemiro, with Lucas Paqueta taking up Neymar’s position higher up the pitch.

So, it seems like two out of the three Real Madrid players in the Brazil squad will be in the lineup today, but Rodrygo will once again have to settle for a place on the bench.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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