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Real Madrid interested in Arsenal, Man United target, could cost more than £50 million

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As Real Madrid close in on the capture of Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund, they are now being linked with another Bundesliga star in the form of Moussa Diaby.

Indeed, according to the Daily Mail, Real Madrid are among the clubs interested in Diaby, who is a priority attacking target for Arsenal heading into the summer transfer window. The likes of Manchester United and Newcastle United are also keen on the Bayer Leverkusen ace.

A product of the PSG youth academy, Diaby has been with Leverkusen since 2019 and has grown into one of the top attacking players in the German Bundesliga.

In the ongoing campaign, the 23-year-old Frenchman has netted 14 goals and set up ten more across all competitions, playing a part in Die Werkself’s progress to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals under the tutelage of Xabi Alonso, a possible managerial target for Real Madrid.

Even though he has played primarily on the right wing this season, Diaby is a versatile forward capable of playing anywhere across the frontline.

Given that the Merengues are set to part ways with Mariano Diaz and Eden Hazard in the summer, they could use some additional depth in the attacking ranks.

However, signing the former PSG ace is unlikely to come cheap as the report suggests that the 23-year-old could cost in excess of £50 million. Given his contract still has two more years, Leverkusen are under no pressure to sell right away either.

On top of that, the competition from the Premier League clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United, and Newcastle could also complicate matters as Real Madrid might not be willing to splash the cash on Diaby after having done so to land Bellingham.

So, while there may be interest in the 23-year-old attacker, a move might be unlikely this summer.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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