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Real Madrid keeping close tabs on €15 million-rated Arsenal, Newcastle United target

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A recent report from The Athletic has offered an update on the future of Ivan Fresneda. The Real Valladolid youngster has emerged as a sought-after prospect in the market this January, with a host of top clubs across Europe tracking his progress.

Real Madrid are among the clubs keeping close tabs on Fresneda. The reigning European champions recognise the young player’s potential and could make a move in the near future.

A native of Madrid, Fresneda was formerly a part of the Real Madrid youth academy, before he eventually joined the Valladolid youth setup in 2020. Since then, the youngster has gone on to become one of the most talented right-backs in Spain, notably enjoying his professional breakthrough this season.

The right-back has featured in nine league matches for Real Valladolid this season, impressing the onlookers with his athleticism and work ethic out wide.

The report from The Athletic state that Real Madrid are among the clubs monitoring the progress of Fresneda. But they are set to face stiff competition from clubs such as Arsenal, Newcastle United, and even Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund scouts are expected to be in attendance when Real Valladolid take on Atletico Madrid this weekend. Other clubs interested in the services of the 18-year-old include Juventus as well.

Real Madrid are yet to make any concrete attempts to sign Fresneda. But the player could be available in this ongoing January transfer window if any interested party is willing to fork out a figure of around €15 million.

While the player is very much in demand, it remains to be seen whether Real Madrid or any other club are willing to splash the cash to sign the youngster in January, rather than waiting out until the end of the season.

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Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report

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Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.

The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.

According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.

The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.

The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday. 

In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.

Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.

It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.

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