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Real Madrid keeping a close eye on Julian Nagelsmann – report

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Last night, reports broke that Bayern Munich were set to sack Julian Nagelsmann after a subpar season in which the Bavarians are trailing Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga title race. An official announcement is expected to be made imminently, with Thomas Tuchel set to replace the German tactician.

Now, Alasdair Gold of Football.london is reporting that Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on the situation surrounding Nagelsmann.

Los Blancos could themselves be changing managers at the end of the season depending on how things go in the coming weeks.

Carlo Ancelotti still has one year left on his contract with the Merengues, but the Italian could be relieved of his duties in the summer if he does not win any major title this term.

With Real Madrid all but out of the La Liga title race and trailing Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-finals, things are not looking great for Ancelotti.

As for the UEFA Champions League, Chelsea await in the quarter-finals, and victory there would set up a date with either Manchester City or Bayern Munich in the semis – not the most favourable of draws.

Meanwhile, Ancelotti is also being linked heavily with the Brazil national team job. All these factors could result in a managerial change at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Thomas Tuchel was a candidate, but Bayern acted quickly so as to avoid a direct competition with Real Madrid. Other names like Mauricio Pochettino, Raul Gonzalez and Xabi Alonso have been mentioned as well.

A third stint for Zinedine Zidane also remains an option, but according to Alasdair Gold, Nagelsmann is also being watched by Real Madrid.

The German tactician had held talks to take over at the Santiago Bernabeu back in 2018, but it did not lead to anything.

“I had a good chat with Jose Angel Sanchez and we decided that it was not the right step at that time. We agreed that we could talk again in the future if Real Madrid needed a coach – and I was available,” Naglesmann had said back in 2020.

And now that he is set to depart Bayern Munich, the option is back on the table.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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