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Real Madrid ‘fear’ competition from Man United in race for 41-goal superstar



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These are uncertain times for Real Madrid, as far as the transfer market is concerned. Although the club have successfully roped in Fran Garcia, Jude Bellingham, and Joselu so far, they are still undecided over the pursuit of another new centre-forward.

Harry Kane and others were linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this summer, but Real Madrid have halted all operations until the future of Kylian Mbappe is resolved.

The Frenchman made it clear that he wants to stay at Paris Saint-Germain next season, but the club want to offload him this summer in order to receive compensation and avoid losing him for free next year.

This has led to uncertainty in Real Madrid’s transfer plans for the summer, as they would prefer signing Mbappe over Kane.

However, according to Tomas Gonzalez-Martin (via Bernabeu Digital), Real Madrid ‘fear’ they may have to compete with Manchester United in the race to sign Mbappe.

It appears the Premier League giants are ready to make a move for the Frenchman this summer, in their desperate attempt to enhance the offensive unit.

Manchester United have enjoyed a relatively good season under new coach Erik ten Hag. There is room for improvement, though, which is why the Dutchman is so keen on bringing quality players in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Mbappe, who scored 41 goals for PSG in 2022/23, could be the ideal option for the Red Devils, as they look to find an answer for Man City’s Erling Haaland, and more importantly, build the foundation of a team that can compete with European giants at the top level.

However, considering Man United’s record in the transfer market, coupled with their relative lack of success at the top level, Real Madrid may not have much to worry about, at least when it comes to the Mbappe pursuit.

The player has admitted his desire to play for Real Madrid in the past and should ideally opt for a move to Bernabeu, over Old Trafford. However, Los Blancos might prefer to sign the forward next summer, considering the hefty finances involved.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season




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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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