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Real Madrid eyeing a move for 16-year-old defensive prodigy

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Real Madrid are looking ahead to a busy summer as they seek to extend the contract of some of their ageing stars, including Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, among others.

However, the club are also looking to strengthen their ranks, particularly by signing young players that can form the backbone of the team in the years to come.

In one such move, Real Madrid are eyeing a swoop for Luka Vuskovic, reports Sport BILD (h/t Madrid Zone). The 16-year-old centre-back currently plies his trade for Hajduk Split, one of the biggest teams in his native Croatian.

Although Vuskovic is still a part of the Hajduk Split’s U-19 division, he has impressed onlookers with his performances in the youth competitions. Standing at 1.93m, his towering figure at the back, coupled with his defensive commitment has drawn many eyebrows.

Vuskovic’s performances have already helped him make five appearances for Hajduk Split’s senior side. He has even scored one goal for the club while appearing regularly in the UEFA Youth League and other youth competitions.

Real Madrid have not appeared shy in investing in young individuals with no experience of professional football, as demonstrated by the capture of Endrick.

Since then, the Spanish giants have targeted quite a few other talented starlets across the world, including another defensive starlet in the form of Antonio Silva.

However, given Vuskovic’s age, Real Madrid might fancy waiting around for another year or so before they invest in the Croatian youngster. Even if they do go after the player, he is likely to be loaned back to Hajduk Split for another year, in order to gain more experience at the professional level.

Only time will tell what the future holds for Vuskovic, as he looks ahead to an exciting summer transfer window.

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla

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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.

Defence

Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.

Midfield

Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.

Attack

As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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