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Real Madrid lodge enquiry for 20-year-old La Liga right-back – report

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Real Madrid have been rocked by injuries throughout the campaign, which has brought to light some deficiencies within the squad.

A new centre-back is likely to arrive in the January transfer window to make up for the absences of David Alaba and Eder Militao. Meanwhile, the club also plan on signing a new left-back in the summer, possibly Alphonso Davies, as a long-term solution.

However, at the same time, Los Blancos cannot afford to overlook the right-back position for much longer as they only have Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez as options, with both players in their thirties.

Furthermore, Vazquez’s contract expires at the end of the season, and even though a renewal could be on the cards, it would make sense to have a succession plan in place – a younger player who can learn from Carvajal before taking over in a couple of years.

Juanlu on Real Madrid’s radar

Chelsea’s Reece James has been long-linked with Real Madrid, but his recent and recurring injury woes could become a concern.

Amidst this, ABC Sevilla (h/t Estadio Deportivo) is reporting that Real Madrid have shown an interest in rising La Liga prospect Juanlu Sanchez of Sevilla.

The 20-year-old is enjoying his breakthrough season in La Liga in 2023/24 after having spent the previous season away on loan at Mirandes in the lower divisions.

Juanlu (L) on Real Madrid’s radars. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Juanlu has played 20 times across all competitions for Sevilla this term, racking up three assists in the process.

The youngster started out as a central midfielder in his youth career, before moving to the right flank, and is now being utilised as a right-back, where he has performed well.

As per the report, Real Madrid have asked about the situation of the Sevilla academy graduate, whose contract expires in 2026.

However, they are not the only club interested as Brighton & Hove Albion and CA Osasuna are also looking at the youngster.

Sevilla, for their part, might be open to a sale for a sizeable as they could use some financial injection. It remains to be seen if Real Madrid decide to make a move for the versatile right-back come summer.

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury

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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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