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Real Madrid duo in line to start for Brazil in World Cup RO16 tie against South Korea

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Having earned a spot in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Round of 16, Brazil will fight to progress to the next round when they take on South Korea later tonight.

And, according to Globo, Real Madrid duo Vinicius Jr and Eder Militao are in line to start for Brazil when they lock horns with the Asian giants.

The Selecao come into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Cameroon in their final group-stage match. Tite had fielded a much-changed side for that contest and is set to recall most of his regulars to the lineup against South Korea.

Vinicius, for one, was not part of the starting XI against Cameroon while he did not come off the bench during that game either. But the forward is set to reclaim his berth on the left flank for Brazil against South Korea.

Vinicius has been in good nick and had a hand in both of Brazil’s wins in the tournament so far. So, his return to the lineup will be a boost for the South American giants against South Korea.

As for Militao, the defender started as a centre-back in the previous match but is expected to return to the right-back position, where he featured against Switzerland when he faces South Korea.

However, there is unlikely to be a place in the lineup for Vinicius and Militao’s Real Madrid teammate Rodrygo Goes with Neymar expected to be back in the side having recovered from his injury.

Should Brazil prevail tonight, they will go on to face one of Croatia or Japan in the quarter-finals, meaning the Real Madrid trio of Rodrygo, Vinicius and Militao could come up against teammate Luka Modric.

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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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