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Real Madrid have three center-backs on their radar for next season



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The departure of Sergio Ramos marked the end of an era for Real Madrid, who cruised under the Spaniard’s heroics for over a decade.

Moreover, the simultaneous exit of Rafael Varane meant both of the club’s starting centre-back would not continue at the Santiago Bernabeu. Needless to say, there was a lot of scepticism over the defence heading into the new season.

Enter David Alaba and Eder Militao. The new pairing had a shaky start but eventually stitched up a formidable partnership for Los Blancos. In 29 games so far this season, Ancelotti’s side have only conceded 25 goals.

The one void in the team, however, is the lack of a strong backup for central defence. According to reports from Fichajes, the Madrid based club have identified three players who could strengthen their ranks.

Jules Kounde, Pau Torres, and Wesley Fofana are the three options being evaluated by the club. Each one comes with its own set of challenges and benefits.

Kounde has been Sevilla’s standout defender for the past two seasons and has attracted international interest from Chelsea. The Andalusian club demand a fee of €70 million for their young asset, a fee that is considered high by many suitors.

Meanwhile, Fofana was one of the most important cogs of Brendan Rogers’ Leicester City. While he has played just the 78 minutes through the entire campaign this time around, he was a mammoth last season.

In 27 league starts, he averaged 2.2 interceptions, 1.8 tackles, three clearances and seven duels won per game. Last year, the French international also revealed that it was his dream to play for Los Blancos.

The final profile that interests the club is Pau Torres. The 25-year-old has become one of the mainstays for both Villarreal and La Roja and has maintained ten clean sheets in 26 games. The youngster is valued at around €50 million and could be a good value for money option for the Spanish giants.

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Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano



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Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.

The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.

The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.

As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.

But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.

Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.

The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.

So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.

All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.

Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.

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