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Real Madrid keeping an eye on Chelsea captain as a future reinforcement option

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Real Madrid have a busy summer ahead. Despite already having a number of match-winners in the squad, the club are looking to make some big-name signings come June.

One of Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland is likely to sign for Los Blancos in the coming months, for Florentino Perez sees a marquee forward to be the need of the hour.

Further, Real Madrid are also eyeing names like Alphonso Davies at left-back and Leny Yoro in central defence.

Operation right-back

Considering the sheer number of higher-priority operations on their roster, Real Madrid do not have it in mind to sign a new right-back next summer.

Dani Carvajal will remain Carlo Ancelotti’s first-choice right-back for the coming campaign, especially considering his great run of form this season. The question, however, revolves around his backup.

As revealed earlier today, one of Nacho Fernandez or Lucas Vazquez will continue at the club next season.

Both players end their contracts on June 30th and are seen as viable options to provide cover at right-back. The final decision of who to renew is yet to be made.

The transfer market

Now, according to reports from Manu Amor, Real Madrid are also active on the market front despite being clear about their intentions of not signing a right-back.

Juni Calafat & co. are maintaining close eyes on potential targets, perhaps with the idea of a signing in future windows.

Reece James is one such player whom Calafat admires, but his contractual situation at Chelsea is not amicable for a transfer. His deal with Chelsea runs until 2028, serving as precursor to a large transfer fee that Real Madrid do not agree with.

The scouts of Real Madrid thus have their eyes on the Bundesliga too, where they see an abundance of targets.

Needless to say, Castilla players like Vinicius Tobias and Juvenil A players like Jesus Fortea are also on the manager’s mind. The latter, in fact, is seen as one with a very high ceiling.

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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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