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Real Madrid expected to make one change in the starting lineup against Barcelona

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Real Madrid are eyeing their first trophy of the new season as they take on perennial rivals FC Barcelona, in the final of the Spanish Super Cup this evening.

This will be a rematch of last year’s Super Cup final, where Real Madrid slumped to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Barcelona.

However, with Barcelona struggling with injuries and a lack of form, Real Madrid have an excellent chance of seeking retribution.

Not to mention, barring the long-term absentees, Real Madrid have very few casualties heading into the contest, with even Dani Carvajal likely to be available tonight.

Real Madrid to make one change vs Barcelona

Nevertheless, after a hard-fought win over Atletico Madrid in the semifinal this midweek, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti could make one change in the starting eleven against Barcelona.

The change could come in to the form of Toni Kroos replacing Luka Modric in the middle of the park.

Modric may have to settle for the bench tonight (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Kroos appeared from the bench in the semis against Atletico, but the German’s control and ability to orchestrate things from the middle could prove to be crucial against a Barcelona team likely to be boosted by the return of Pedri.

Although everything suggests Kroos will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, the former Bayern Munich superstar has continued to produce brilliant performances for the club this season.

Kroos’ leadership and experience in the middle of the park have been crucial in helping out an otherwise young Real Madrid midfield.

As for the starting eleven concerned, Kroos’ introduction is likely to be the only change for Real Madrid. Federico Valverde and Aurelien Tchouameni should retain their spot in midfield, whereas Rodrygo and Vinicius could continue to lead the frontline.

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Real Madrid ready to wait for 18-year-old defender as Lille demand €60 million amidst Premier League interest

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Real Madrid have been keeping a close eye on Lille defender Leny Yoro for some time now as they see the young Frenchman as a strategic addition to their squad.

However, journalist Jose Felix Diaz reports through MARCA that Real Madrid are prepared to wait, as Lille are demanding a steep €60 million for the player and this high price tag has caused Madrid to hold off on making an immediate move.

Despite their strong interest, Real Madrid are not rushing to finalise Yoro’s transfer. They faced a similar situation when signing Aurelien Tchouameni in the summer of 2022. 

At that time, it seemed Tchouameni might join a Premier League team, and Real Madrid appeared to step back. Eventually, they managed to secure him. 

Now, they find themselves in a similar position with Yoro. Interest from English clubs has prompted Lille to set a high price for the transfer, around €60 million, a sum that Real Madrid is hesitant to match right now.

Real Madrid want Yoro to show desire

Leny Yoro is wanted by Real Madrid. (Photo by VALENTINE CHAPUIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Yoro’s contract with Lille runs until 2025, which gives him and his agent, Jorge Mendes, some leverage. They need to show their desire to join Real Madrid, making it clear that he wants to play for the Spanish club. 

This situation is tricky because leaving Lille without the club receiving any compensation isn’t ideal, but the decision ultimately lies with Yoro and Mendes.

Discussions about Yoro and other potential signings have been ongoing for months at Real Madrid. However, the transfer market won’t heat up until all club competitions end. 

By then, Real Madrid will be ready to seize any opportunity to secure a player like Yoro, considered a key future talent for the team.

In summary, Real Madrid are indeed interested in signing Yoro but are taking a cautious approach due to Lille’s high demands. 

The next few weeks will be crucial as they wait for the right moment to make their move, hoping to add Yoro to their roster without overpaying.

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