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Real Madrid keeping a close eye on Girona and Bayer Leverkusen for transfer opportunities – report

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It’s no secret that Real Madrid are always looking out for new talents. Over the past few years, the Los Blancos have moved their transfer policy from buying top-rated Galacticos to investing in future generations.

In that regard, the likes of Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, and even Endrick for that matter, fall into the same category.

So as they continue to scout for new talents across the continent, a report from MARCA has affirmed that two teams – Girona and Bayer Leverkusen – are being looked upon for player opportunities.

Now, Real Madrid know which position they need to reinforce and for that particular matter, we have reported that Girona right-back Yan Couto is being looked upon.

Yan Couto is linked with Real Madrid. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

What about Leverkusen?

Bayern Leverkusen have been the most stand-out team in Europe this season. The collective intelligence under the watchful eyes of Xabi Alonso has culminated in extraordinary results to the extent that they are yet to lose a game so far.

Within the team, a certain Jeremie Frimpong happens to be one of the many players linked with Real Madrid. Apart from the right-back, Florian Wirtz is another Leverkusen player who is being scouted by the Madrid staff.

As far as the right-back is concerned, we have reported that the 22-year-old has a release clause worth €40 million, but that can only be activated in the summer of 2024.

Furthermore, even if the suitor is willing to meet the clause, they must settle on favourable payment terms with Leverkusen.

As for Wirtz, the 20-year-old German is enjoying a great season, having scored eight goals and 12 assists in 25 matches so far. As of today, there happen to be several interested parties and Real Madrid are said to be one of them.

For now, the Los Blancos are only expected to keep a keen eye on the potential targets and any decision will likely be taken towards the end of the season when the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will decide on their future.

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‘Not good’ – National team coach insists Real Madrid veteran should play every game

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Croatia have announced their final squad for the upcoming European Championship in Germany this summer.

There were no surprises, with Real Madrid veteran Luka Modric making the list. The midfielder is all set to play yet another important international tournament with Croatia, with the aim of winning his first silverware for the nation.

At the age of 38, though, one would expect Croatia to dilute the role of Modric, in order to make way for other players in the team.

Zlatko Dalic on Luka Modric

But contrary to the expectations, it appears Croatia plan on once again utilising the full potential of Modric in Euro 2024, knowing his experience and leadership could be key in the team’s success.

When asked about Modric’s inclusion in the national team, Croatian manager Zlatko Dalic confirmed that he will try to deploy the midfielder ‘in every match’, unlike what the scenario is at Real Madrid this season.

The leader of Croatia (Photo by DENIS LOVROVIC/AFP via Getty Images)

“It is not good for Luka to be dosed, he has to be on the field every game, then he is even better. He played a little less games this season, but we expect him to be our leader,” Dalic told the media (h/t Zadarski).

With a staggering 174 caps, Modric is by far the most experienced player in the Croatian team right now.

Even though Croatia has not won any major tournaments, Modric has a strong track record with the national team, notably leading Hrvatska to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final, only to lose to France.

Croatia, though, were only able to reach the Round of 16 in the last two editions of the European Championship. The last time Croatia were able to go beyond the Round of 16 stage was in 2008. Interestingly, a then 22-year-old Modric was a part of the team.

This time around, Croatia will be taking on a tricky group, with Spain, Italy and Albania as their opponents. Securing a knockout place, therefore, could be challenging, but it’s a challenge Modric and co will embrace with open arms.

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