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Real Madrid interested in 21-year-old Premier League defender, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United also keen

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The 2023-24 season has only gone on to show Real Madrid that squad depth is a myth. Despite entering the season with four world-class defenders at his disposal, the team played the clash against Girona with no centre-backs available and stares at the rest of the season with limited resources in the position.

The experience this season, coupled with the fact that most of the current defenders are on the wrong side of thirty, pushes Florentino Perez & co. to sign a new defender come June.

Options from Spain, Portugal, and France have been explored, and it now appears that the expedition has reached England.

The option in Everton

According to reports from Daily Mail via Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are interested in the services of Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite.

The 21-year-old centre-back has grown as one of the Premier League’s best young defenders this season, and his performances have not gone unnoticed.

Branthwaite has already made 21 league appearances for the Toffees this season, overseeing seven clean sheets and averaging over 13 defensive actions and six balls recovered per game. His recent goal against Tottenham was just the cherry on the cake of his great season.

Despite being tall and well-built, Branthwaite is an option that offers significant versatility and agility on the ball. Moreover, he boasts of a good ball-playing ability and is strong in the air, an avenue where Real Madrid have been challenged in recent times.

Long list of suitors

Real Madrid have indeed contacted the offices at Goodison Park for Branthwaite’s services. However, they are not the only party interested in his signing.

Four of the Premier League’s Big 6 are interested in signing Branthwaite, with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal all in the race. Needless to say, his pursuit will be a long and tedious more.

Moreover, with his contract at Everton running until the summer of 2027, it is clear that he will not arrive at a low fee.

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Real Madrid star unlikely to travel to London with the rest of the squad

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Real Madrid will be on their way to England this Thursday as they gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The players and the staff will be on a flight to London tomorrow to prepare for the clash at Wembley.

However, according to a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin might not travel with the rest of the team tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper has not trained for three days in a row after coming down with the flu.

Lunin has overcome the flu, but he still has the virus and there is still a chance he could be contagious.

Lunin will not travel with the rest of the team. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid, aware of the importance of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, are considering leaving the Ukrainian behind to avoid any possible contagion ahead of the Champions League final.

The goalkeeper will likely not travel with the rest of the expedition to London on Thursday and will fly alone on Saturday to avoid the risk of infection.

On Thursday, Lunin will undergo another check-up and, depending on the viral load, he could even travel on Friday. But it seems impossible for him to travel with his teammates.

It has already been suggested that Lunin would be making way for Thibaut Courtois in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The likelihood of that has increased following the events of this week.

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