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Real Madrid made enquiry for Bayern Munich defender on Barcelona’s radar – report

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A lot has been said about David Alaba’s reluctance to play at left-back this season. The Austrian International was initially signed for his dynamic profile and ability to play both in central and the left side of defence, but the plan did not pan out as expected for Real Madrid.

If reports from Sky Sport Germany (h/t Madrid Xtra) are to be believed, the Merengues dodged a similar bullet with Benjamin Pavard.

Reports had recently suggested that Real Madrid had shown an interest in signing in the French international, who is set to leave the club at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old has 18 months left on his contract at Bayern Munich but is unlikely to renew and the German champions are said to be open to his departure this summer, following a few disciplinary issues.

Real Madrid are among a host of clubs to have been linked with Pavard, with arch-rivals Barcelona also being credited with an interest.

The report from Sky Germany mentions that Los Blancos enquired about the player’s availability with Bayern Munich recently as a possible reinforcement for the right-back position.

However, there was no progress on that front as it became clear that Pavard wanted to play as centre-back in his new club.

This development comes amidst speculations claiming that Barcelona had taken the lead in pursuit of the Frenchman, although it must be noted that the Blaugrana also want him to play at right-back.

Either way, the report states that Carlo Ancelotti’s side are said to be assessing options for the right-back position where they currently have Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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