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Real Madrid eyeing move for 21-year-old Liverpool target – report
It isn’t a hot take to suggest that Real Madrid possibly have the most strength-in-depth in the middle of the park out of any team in the world.
Boasting of the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Federico Valverde, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga and Dani Ceballos in midfield, Los Blancos are well-stocked in the department to say the least. However, a new claim has suggested that the club still have their sights set on bringing in another top midfielder in the summer.
As per the latest information provided by AS (h/t Madrid Zone), the European champions are interested in signing Joao Gomes.
The Brazilian starlet’s for Flamengo have been gaining traction, with a number of teams in Europe reported to be eyeing his signature.
The 21-year-old profiles as a hybrid between a number six and an eight, which makes him such an attractive proposition for several sides, with Liverpool in particular stated to be an interested party in recent days.
The player himself expressed his desire to represent Jurgen Klopp’s side, if an offer came to the table, saying:
“Liverpool are a team I’d play for. I have the greatest desire to play. Playing in the Champions League is my biggest dream and that of my family, my biggest dream in football,”
As for Real Madrid, one can understand their interest as the club may be eyeing the prospect of reducing the average age of their midfield.
While Tchouameni (22), Camavinga (19) and Valverde (24) are on different spectrums of the younger side, Kroos (32) and Modric (37) are ageing, when assessing the side’s most primary midfield options.
With Gomes’ addition, he could prove to be a potential depth option for the time being and end up being an excellent long-term investment.
Considering the fact that both Tchouameni and Camavinga profile similarly to the Flamengo midfielder, this could be an understated, yet astute signing from Real Madrid that could benefit them in the future.
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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report
Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.
His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.
Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.
His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.
Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.
The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:
“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.”
While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.
His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.
Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.
Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.