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Real Madrid have identified AC Milan midfielder as an option for the summer – report

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There is an inexplicable gap in the world of football when it comes to positions on the field. While there seems to be no dearth of talents in most parts of the field, it is incredibly difficult to lay hands on a quality defensive midfielder even after years of hunting.

The impact of such an imbalance is seen in the valuation of the few defensive midfielders available on the market. One is reminded of the €100 million Real Madrid shelled out for Aurelien Tchouameni in a similar situation.

One of the less talked about prospects as an able pivot is AC Milan’s Sandro Tonali. The Italian international has been consistently performing at a high level for the Serie A side, and at 22 years of age, has a long future ahead of him.

According to reports from ABC (h/t Madrid Xtra), Tonali is seen as an option by Real Madrid although there is no mention of any ongoing negotiations or agreement.

The youngster is indeed one of the brightest young talents coming from Italy. However, Real Madrid’s interest in him comes as an interesting piece of information.

Los Blancos already have their future in the holding midfield position sorted for at least a decade in the form of Tchouameni. The Frenchman instantly hit the ground running upon his arrival in Madrid and ensured that Casemiro’s absence was not felt.

If the Frenchman’s presence is not reassuring enough, his compatriot Eduardo Camavinga makes for a more than able backup. 

In his few opportunities as the pivot, Camavinga has shown to possess the tactical understanding and skillset to succeed as a defensive midfielder and could even start in a double pivot with his national teammate.

But, Tonali is now said to be an option for Real Madrid for the summer, amid question marks over the futures of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

While Jude Bellingham has been the primary target to reinforce the midfield for Los Blancos, they are looking at a Plan B in case they do not land the Englishman. And the AC Milan mainstay could be one such alternative that Carlo Ancelotti’s side could be looking at.

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Official: Real Madrid duo start for Spain against Luka Modric’s Croatia

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Spain will begin their UEFA Euro 2024 journey in a little over an hour with a clash against Croatia at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Ahead of the match, Luis de la Fuente has announced the starting lineup that will be taking the field for La Roja and two Real Madrid stars feature in the team.

Indeed, Los Blancos’ captain Nacho Fernandez gets the nod as one of the centre-backs amid some injury concerns for Spain.

Meanwhile, Dani Carvajal holds on to his usual place as the right-back for La Roja against Croatia.

There is no place in the starting lineup for Real Madrid forward Joselu, though, with De la Fuente preferring Alvaro Morata as his No. 9 instead.

While Croatia are yet to announce their starting lineup, it is all but certain that Real Madrid midfielder and legend Luka Modric will be in the team and will be captaining them against two of his club teammates today.

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