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Real Madrid enter race to sign 26-year-old Barcelona target – German sources

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Carlo Ancelotti has laid his complete faith in the right-back position in Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez in the ongoing season. However, the plan is not sustainable in the long run given that both players are on the wrong side of 30.

The former continues to be the team’s best option on the right of defence but has had persistent fitness problems. Vazquez, on the other hand, is not even a natural defender. 

Keeping the situation in mind, the Bernabeu administration have decided that the right-back position will be prioritised in the upcoming transfer window.

And according to reports from Sky Sports Germany’s Florian Plettenberg, Los Blancos have set their sights on Benjamin Pavard of Bayern Munich and see him as a feasible option.

The French International has seen a fall in stocks at Bayern Munich in recent times. He even lost his place on the French national team this past World Cup, despite being a prominent member of their triumph in 2018.

Pavard’s contract with the Bavarians keeps him at Allianz Arena until the summer of 2024, and the player does not intend to renew his deal in Germany. Thus, the doors are open for Real Madrid to sign him for a bargain fee in June.

Having the dynamic ability to play both in the central and right side of the defence, the former Stuttgart man would be the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. 

Real Madrid are not the only club eyeing his signature this summer, with arch-rivals Barcelona said to be heavily interested too. The Catalans, in fact, are said to be in a prime position to snap up his services come June, having made contact with the Frenchman already.

Interestingly, Ancelotti’s side are not only eyeing the Bayern right-back but also the German side’s left-back Alphonso Davies, albeit for the summer of 2024.

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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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