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Real Madrid interested in Manchester United full-back target – report

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Real Madrid have some concerns in the full-back department heading into the summer transfer window. Dani Carvajal’s form has deteriorated while Lucas Vazquez is not a natural right-back.

On the left side, there are question marks over Ferland Mendy’s continuity. So, even though a deal for Fran Garcia is in place, a new left-back could also arrive. But, a new right-back could be a greater priority for the champions of Spain and Europe.

And, according to Mundo Deportivo, Bayer Leverkusen right-back Jeremie Frimpong has emerged as a transfer target for Real Madrid.

The 22-year-old Dutch defender has been a revelation at the Bundesliga outfit, with his game particularly improving under the tutelage of Real Madrid legend Xabi Alonso.

In 35 games this season, Frimpong has scored seven goals and set up nine more, showcasing great attacking abilities from the full-back slot.

The former Celtic man is attracting interest from several clubs across Europe, with Manchester United also said to be among his admirers.

Frimpong starlet is contracted with Bayer Leverkusen until the summer of 2025. The right-back recently revealed his admiration for Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr, saying:

“I love watching Vinicius at Real Madrid: he’s so calm on the ball, so skilful, he never panics. He plays freely, I love it. When Vinicius loses the ball, he tries again. In football, when you lose the ball, sometimes you don’t want to try it again. But that never affects Vinicius.”

Apart from Frimpong, Real Madrid are also interested in Reece James of Chelsea, although a move for the England star looks unlikely.

Juan Foyth of Villarreal is also said to be on the radars of Los Blancos, but his €54 million release clause could become an issue. Vinicius Tobias, impressing for Castilla, can be signed permanently, but lacks the experience at the first-team level.

Thus Frimpong could be the most feasible target for Real Madrid should they decide to invest in a new right-back.

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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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