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Real Madrid eyeing changes in the summer after Man City debacle, but Ancelotti’s job safe



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Real Madrid have historically seldom faced humiliation. They may not have always won the competitions they participate in, but every exit has usually come with some grace or solace.

Manchester City’s 4-0 destruction of Carlo Ancelotti’s men is thus a big deal. Los Blancos found themselves at the wrong end of a masterclass display and were not just outplayed but embarrassed.

Florentino Perez is understandably fuming at the situation and reportedly did not even talk to any of the players after the match. All signs point to a long-drawn summer transfer window.

According to reports from Mario Cortegana, Carlo Ancelotti’s job is safe but the administration are looking towards changes in June. The objective is to build a strong enough squad to ensure that such a result does not repeat.

Jude Bellingham is close to becoming the club’s first signing ahead of the new campaign. While the English midfielder will go a long way in undoing Real Madrid’s midfield woes that were evident last night, his signing will not be all.

Los Blancos fell short in every part of the field last night, but it is likely that the club will prioritise the signings of a striker and a full-back as their first priority.

Alphonso Davies and Kylian Mbappe are two superstars who have been linked with moves to the club on that front. While their transfers in June looked unlikely so far, there now appears to be a bigger chance.

For his part, Ancelotti is set to stay put at Real Madrid next season and the board do not see the result last night as his failure. In fact, he even addressed the topic of his future in the post-match press conference saying,

“The club president was quite clear 15 days ago. So nobody has any doubt. What the president tells me privately I’m not going to say here.”

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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