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Real Madrid end pursuit of €80 million-rated Manchester United striker target

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There appears to be no concrete plan at Real Madrid for the centre-forward situation. Joselu’s signing was a step in the right direction, but one knows that having just three attacking options for an entire season is far from the test Carlo Ancelotti wants to be put to.

Los Blancos are in dire need of at least one more elite forward signing. However, the planning and management of the situation thus far has been haphazard.

As unhealthy as it is, Real Madrid have decided to base their entire transfer window around the hope of signing Kylian Mbappe. The club’s contacts with potential alternatives have all hit a dead-end as Los Blancos wait for clarification from France. 

According to reports from L’Equipe, the Merengues have dropped their interest in Randal Kolo Muani. He joins a list of names including Harry Kane and Dusan Vlahovic who the club seriously considered as options but dropped hoping for Mbappe’s arrival.

The 24-year-old forward was instrumental in Eintracht Frankfurt’s Bundesliga campaign last season. In 32 starts, he scored 15 goals and provided 11 assists, racking up 11 big chances created in the same duration.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich have the Frenchman on their radars, and it is clear that he will make a move to a bigger club this summer.

Needless to say, Real Madrid’s withdrawal from the race, potentially because of his €80 million price tag, comes as a massive relief for the aforementioned parties.

All eyes are now on Florentino Perez to see how he handles the situation with Mbappe. The prodigious superstar is indeed closer than ever to joining his dream club, but there is undoubtedly a tangible difference between close and complete.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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