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Real Madrid eye €80 million-rated Serie A title-winner as Kroos replacement – report

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The midfield was never a priority for Real Madrid heading into the summer transfer window. After all, Carlo Ancelotti’s side are bestowed with impeccable riches in the department in a combination of youth and experience.

Toni Kroos’ decision to call it time on his career as a professional footballer, however, appears to have opened the door once more.

Even though they are not scouring the market actively for a replacement, it is not ruled out that the club will look for a midfielder, and Mundo Deportivo reveals one of the players who interests the club.

Nicolo Barella emerges as a target

As relayed by the Spanish outlet, Nicolo Barella of Inter Milan has resurfaced as an option on Real Madrid’s table to replace the outgoing German legend.

In fact, it is not the first time Los Blancos have been linked with the Italian superstar. Barella was seen as an option for the team’s midfield right from the time they began scouting Jude Bellingham and continues to be a player the administration admires.

The 28-year-old’s contract with Inter Milan runs until the summer of 2026 and his price tag is set at a whopping €80 million.

Back on Real Madrid’s agenda? (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Considering the Galactico-rich transfer window Real Madrid plan, that figure is not one the club will entertain.

The in-house solution

If Real Madrid opts against getting into the transfer market for an immediate solution, the club could wait until the summer of 2025 to make the move.

In such a situation, which appears likely as it stands, Carlo Ancelotti has a plan in place to fill the void left by the German maestro.

Come next season, Jude Bellingham is set to play in a deeper role for Real Madrid and could start in central midfield alongside Eduardo Camavinga or Federico Valverde.

After all, Kylian Mbappe’s arrival negates the need for his presence in the box.

Moreover, Arda Guler provides a good option for Ancelotti if the manager wishes for an attacking midfielder in the lineup. All boxes thus appear ticked for now.

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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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