Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr have carried Real Madrid’s attack this season. The two stars now share chemistry second to none and combine effortlessly on the field.
While all the action seemingly takes place on the left flank, where the Brazilian plays, Los Blancos cannot boast of an equally potent right-wing. Marco Asensio and Rodrygo have been the coach’s favourites to take the third place in the attack, but neither has been convincing.
According to reports from Diario AS, Real Madrid have identified Serge Gnabry as a potential signing to strengthen their void. Moreover, the club are said to have a plan of action to make the transfer possible.
David Alaba knows the German winger well after sharing the dressing room with him at Bayern Munich. The Austrian international has recommended Gnabry’s name and is reportedly pushing for the deal.
The Bayern Munich winger is said to be unhappy with his role at the club. He has only started 19 of the league games this season, scoring ten goals and providing four assists. Needless to say, the player feels he deserves more minutes and a better contract.
Contacts between the German’s representatives and Real Madrid have begun. Gnabry has one year left on his contract at Allianz Arena. That considered, the club are under pressure to sell the player as they risk losing him on a free transfer next June.
It remains to be seen how Florentino Perez finances the transfer given that the club are already eyeing Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe. Moreover, reinforcements at fullback are the need of the hour.
Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report
Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.
The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.
Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.
This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.
Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia
Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.
With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.
This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.
Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.
What are Ancelotti’s other options?
Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.
The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.
Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.
Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.