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Real Madrid eyeing move for 21-year-old Liverpool target – report

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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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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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