According to Fichajes, Real Madrid are among as many as eight clubs vying to sign LOSC Lille centre-forward Jonathan David in the summer.
The 22-year-old Canadian international made his name at Belgian outfit KRC Genk before earning a big-money move to Lille in the summer of 2020. The striker made an immediate impact, helping Les Dogues to the Ligue 1 title and has carried forward his form into the ongoing campaign.
David has netted 13 goals in Ligue 1 this term along with three more strikes in the UEFA Champions League while adding another in a cup tie. His performances have attracted serious interest from several clubs across Europe, with Real Madrid among them.
Los Blancos will need at least one new centre-forward in the summer despite the impending arrival of Kylian Mbappe. Both Luka Jovic and Mariano Diaz are expected to be on their way out and Carlo Ancelotti needs a reliable cover for Karim Benzema.
Erling Haaland was on the radars of the La Liga leaders, but he seems set to join Manchester City. David, to that end, can be seen as an alternative for the Norwegian international.
However, Real Madrid will face competition from Barcelona, who are also pushing to sign the Canadian hitman as their pursuit of Haaland has hit the rocks. In addition, Liverpool, too, are looking at the Lille frontman amid question marks over the futures of Mohamed Salah, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi.
The likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan and Sevilla are all tracking David. So, Real Madrid will have to act swiftly if they wish to sign the 22-year-old in the summer window.
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.