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Real Madrid eyeing January swoop for €25 million-rated La Liga winger – report



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Nico Williams was one of the most exciting players selected for Spain during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Although the forward’s campaign came to an early end as La Roja were knocked out by Morocco in the Round of 16, his performances at the club level have not gotten unnoticed.

According to a report from Diario SPORT, Real Madrid are among the clubs interested in the services of Williams. The reigning Spanish champions may even consider a move for the Athletic Club winger in the upcoming January transfer window.

Real Madrid’s interest in Williams is hardly surprising as the club have lacked depth in the attacking unit. Karim Benzema has had multiple injury issues in the new season whereas Eden Hazard has failed to provide the goods, often struggling with form and injuries.

While Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior have done well, Real Madrid require a proper alternative in the attacking unit. That is where Nico Williams comes into the fray.

At the age of just 20, the winger has built a reputation for his speed and dribbling qualities in the final third. His ability to drift past defenders has made him a daunting challenge for any defender in La Liga, with the player notably racking up 12 goal involvements for Athletic Club.

Nico’s style of play has left Real Madrid impressed and it appears the Whites could soon make an attempt to sign the Spanish whizkid, who has won six caps for the national team so far.

However, signing Nico Williams will be far from a straightforward task for Real Madrid. The report suggests Athletic Club have no intention to part ways with their star player in the upcoming January transfer window and are holding out for the value of his release clause which stands at around €50 million.

Real Madrid still have the capacity to make a move for the Spanish international in January, but amid speculations over a potential capture of Endrick, it remains to be seen whether Los Blancos splash the cash in the coming window.

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Real Madrid trio in danger of missing Villarreal game due to suspension



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As Real Madrid look to restart the campaign following the end of the international break, all focus will be on the upcoming El Clasico in Copa del Rey on April 5.

However, before they take on their arch-rivals for a fourth time this year, Real Madrid must see off the challenge from Real Valladolid in La Liga on Sunday.

Given Barcelona’s 12-point advantage at the top of the table, La Liga appears to be a lost cause for Real Madrid right now. But that is no excuse for Carlo Ancelotti’s men to appear complacent, as they look to push for a late title charge.

However, heading into this contest, three Real Madrid players proceed with caution as they are running the risk of missing out on the next league game against Villarreal due to yellow cards.

The three players in question are Eduardo Camavinga, Dani Carvajal, and Dani Ceballos. All three of these players have picked up four yellow cards in La Liga this term. Therefore, picking up another booking against Valladolid will rule them out in the next game.

Camavinga, in particular, has been a vital part of the Real Madrid squad since the turn of the year, impressing onlookers with his performances and versatility.

Carvajal, too, is a critical option at right-back and his experience could go a long way in helping Real Madrid end the league campaign on a positive note. Not to mention, the club lack the services of a reliable alternative, which has led to links with Reece James this coming summer.

Ceballos, on the other hand, has been one of the emerging stars this year. The midfielder’s performances have been excellent lately, and he would not want to lose any momentum by picking up a suspension ahead of the important Villarreal game next week.

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