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Real Madrid hold genuine interest in €55 million-rated Arsenal defender – English sources

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Real Madrid suffered a major complication in defense after the untimely injury to key man Eder Militao.

The Brazilian international suffered an ACL injury that will keep him out for almost the entirety of the 2023/24 season.

In light of his absence, it is said that the Spanish powerhouse have been searching the market for adequate replacements, despite some reports stating otherwise.

Arsenal’s Gabriel enters the picture

According to Daily Mail, Real Madrid have shown a genuine interest in Arsenal centre-back, Gabriel Magalhaes, whose market value stands at €55 million.

With Militao missing from the ranks, Gabriel could seamlessly slot in as a ball-playing center-back and emulate his countryman’s ball distribution.

Gabriel is also known to be a solid duelist, which is another quality that has seemingly sparked interest from Los Blancos.

The 25-year-old centre-half was not in the starting XI for Arsenal’s opening Premier League fixture of the season against Nottingham Forest, amid interest from Saudi Arabian clubs.

Gabriel has regularly featured for the Gunners in the starting XI, and his absence thus was perceived as a rare occurrence.

On Real Madrid’s radar. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Although Real Madrid are one of the many teams eyeing the player’s situation, the report argues that the 25-year-old international is happy at Arsenal and dedicated to helping the Gunners in their pursuit of the Premier League title.

Considering Gabriel is keen on staying put in England, Real Madrid will likely be obliged to look in other areas.

Looking in-house

With Militao’s injury, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take over as Real Madrid’s two primary centre-backs, with Nacho serving as the obvious backup.

The club’s academy can also prove to be useful in such a scenario, with youngsters from La Fabrica relied upon.

Marvel is a rising talent in the academy who is already admired by Carlo Ancelotti. The 20-year-old centre-back is likely to be promoted to the first team.

At the same time, the manager is also considering Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy as options at the heart of the defence if the situation worsens.

So, as things stand, it appears unlikely that Real Madrid will move for Gabriel despite holding an interest in him.

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Copa America 2024: Rating ever Real Madrid player’s performance at the tournament

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Real Madrid had as many as five players representing them at the Copa America 2024 in the USA, with four of them being in the Brazil national team while another playing for Uruguay.

While Dani Carvajal enjoyed success with his national team at the Euro 2024, the story was much different for his Real Madrid teammates at the Copa America.

Indeed, it was a tournament to forget for the Brazilian contingent of Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, and Endrick as they failed to go past the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Federico Valverde’s Uruguay finished with the bronze medal in the tournament seeing off Canada in the third-place playoffs via penalties after failing to defeat Colombia in the semi-finals.

Here’s how the five Real Madrid stars fared for their respective nations at the Copa America in the USA.

Brazil

Vinicius Jr.: 6/10

After enjoying an excellent season with Real Madrid, Vinicius was handed the responsibility of leading Brazil at the Copa America, especially with Neymar unavailable.

Kicking off with a dull showing against Costa Rica but showed up against Paraguay, scoring a fine brace to help his team to their only win of the tournament. A booking in the game against Colombia meant he sat out of the quarterfinal loss to Uruguay due to suspension.

Rodrygo: 5/10

An underwhelming showing from the Real Madrid forward who was handed the No. 10 shirt for the Copa America. Deployed as a centre-forward for most of his appearances at the tournament, Rodrygo hardly appeared like a threat in attack.

Rodrygo and Endrick failed to impress. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Eder Militao: 5/10

It was a mixed bag for Eder Militao at the Copa America as there were some indications of him returning to his best while he was also caught out at times and his passing from the back was sloppy. Guilty of missing his penalty in the shootout loss to Uruguay in the quarterfinal.

Endrick: 4/10

Bestowed the No. 9 shirt at the biggest tournament of his career so far at the age of just 17, Endrick failed to step up for Brazil.

A late substitute in each of the three group games, Endrick started in the quarterfinal against Uruguay in Vinicius’ absence but looked overawed by the occasion and failed to make any sort of impact.

Uruguay

Federico Valverde: 7/10

Federico Valverde stepped up for Uruguay. (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)

One of the stars of the show for Uruguay in their third-place run at the Copa America, Valverde was a consistent performer in midfield for La Celeste, putting in all-round solid displays while also catching the eye with his set-piece delivery.

The Real Madrid midfielder even scored a goal in the group game against Bolivia and dispatched his penalty in the shootout win against Canada in the third-place playoff.

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