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Real Madrid keeping tabs on 26-year-old La Liga goalkeeper – report

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Real Madrid could go from having three top goalkeepers in their squad currently to just one in the summer.

Thibaut Courtois’ ACL injury compelled the Spanish giants to rope in Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan from Chelsea to compete with Andriy Lunin for the goalkeeping spot.

Both players, despite some missteps, have been relatively successful this season at Real Madrid but might not have a future at the club beyond the summer.

For starters, Chelsea are seeking €25 million for the permanent transfer of Kepa, which Los Blancos are unlikely to offer even though the player would be open to staying.

As for Lunin, having gotten a taste of regular first-team action, it is uncertain whether he would be willing to go back to being Courtois’ backup, especially with Bayern Munich reportedly sniffing around.

Alvaro Valles on Real Madrid’s radar

As such, Real Madrid already have their eyes on the goalkeeping market for the summer as they seek a backup for Thibaut Courtois, one that can eventually replace him as the first-choice goalkeeper.

To that end, SPORT is reporting that Real Madrid have their sights on a certain Alvaro Valles of UD Las Palmas.

The 26-year-old has been with Las Palmas since 2018 and has racked up over 120 senior appearances for the Canary Islanders.

Having won promotion to La Liga, the Spaniard has been a permanent fixture in goal for Garcia Pimienta’s side this season and has kept six clean sheets in 21 games.

Valles’ contract with Las Palmas expires this year, although there is an option for the club to extend it by another twelve months.

While there is nothing concrete at this moment, Real Madrid have him on their radar.

At the same time, Los Blancos are also looking within their academy for solutions, with Fran Gonzalez, who has been in and around the first-team setup this season, being seen as an option.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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