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Real Madrid keeping tabs on three midfielders to replace Toni Kroos

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Toni Kroos has marked an era at Real Madrid. Since his arrival in 2014, the German international has won three UEFA Champions League titles, three UEFA Super Cups, two La Liga titles and two Spanish Super Cups.

However, as he turns 33 next year, the club is now looking for replacements. Kroos’ contract at Real Madrid runs until the summer of 2023, and he has just over a year left on it.

No contract renewal has been agreed upon yet, and there is large speculation that the midfielder will either leave the club or hang his boots at the end of his current contract.

According to reports from Fichajes, three players have Los Blancos‘ attention to be the German’s replacement at the Bernabeu: Jude Bellingham, Nico Barella, and Youri Tielemans.

Bellingham is considered one of the brightest young talents in football and is one of Borussia Dortmund’s most valued assets.

He is just 18 years of age and already has three goals and seven assists in the Bundesliga this season. Florentino Perez sees the youngster as one for the future, and as a potential replacement in midfield.

The second player is Barella. The Italian has been one of the best midfielders in Serie A across the last 2 to 3 seasons.

This season alone, he has created 13 big chances and averages 1.6 key passes per game. However, the one constraint in his signing is the fact that his contract in Italy runs until 2026.

The final player on the list is Youri Tielemans. The Belgian is one of the cornerstones of Brendan Rogers’ Leicester City and one of Premier League’s finest central midfielders.

Given that his contract ends in 2023, the English side are under pressure to sell Tielemans and are said to be asking for a fee of €25 million.

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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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