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Real Madrid manager thinking of switching to a double pivot following Camavinga, Tchouameni’s injuries

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Journalist Edu Aguirre is reporting via El Chiringuito TV that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is currently thinking of switching to a double-pivot in midfield, comprising Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde amidst the face of the injuries.

Real Madrid are set to be without Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni at least until the start of January 2024, meaning that options in midfield are very limited for the Italian.

As a result, the manager will turn his head towards the usual suspects and while it was reported before that players from the youth team will be utilized in the hours of need, the manager seems to be exploring other possible alternatives as well.

How will the midfield look like?

It is to be noted that in the absence of Camavinga and Tchouameni, Ancelotti might look to tweak his approach a bit.

It had been speculated that Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will see more minutes in light of the injuries, given that Real Madrid have been playing with four midfielders all season.

But it appears that Ancelotti is thinking of switching formation to a potential 4-2-3-1, with Valverde and Kroos forming the double pivot in midfield, while Bellingham would play as the sole attacking midfielder.

Out for at least two months. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

For what it is worth, this blend of seasoned expertise and youthful enthusiasm is something that Ancelotti is hoping will lead the team at this time.

Real Madrid need to look forward

Real Madrid currently face the challenge of not dwelling too much on those who are injured and as they wait for them to return, they must make sure there is a plan in place. 

Right now, the objective is to have a complete roster ready for the crucial months of February and March, which is when the season actually gathers pace.

In the grand scheme of things, the team’s detailed season planning may prove fortunate, provided they can overcome the hurdle of injuries and have key players back in action when it matters most.

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Real Madrid intensify negotiations for Ligue 1 defender with Nacho on his way out

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Now that Nacho is ready to join Al Qadsiah, Real Madrid have decided to ramp up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro, reports Jose Felix Diaz via MARCA.

As reported before, Nacho has decided to end his career with the Spanish club as he has agreed to a two-year contract with Al Qadsiah in the Saudi Pro League. With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now have a spot open in their defence and are eager to fill it with Yoro.

It is important to note that Yoro has attracted a lot of interest from other clubs. Paris Saint-Germain have been particularly active in trying to sign him, offering €60 million for the player. 

Although this offer is close to what Lille wants, Yoro isn’t interested in moving to PSG.

What Yoro is looking forward to is joining Real Madrid. While the player and Real Madrid have a verbal agreement, the deal with Lille still needs to be finalised soon.

What about the transfer fee?

Regarding the transfer fee, Real Madrid are hesitant to match PSG’s €60 million offer because Yoro has only one year left on his contract. 

Real Madrid want to close the signing of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

Initially, the club planned to wait until June 30 to begin serious negotiations. However, due to the increasing interest from clubs like PSG, Manchester United, and Liverpool, they might need to speed up the process.

With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now has the necessary room to strengthen their defence and Yoro fits the bill. 

Madrid already have Yoro in plans

It must be noted that the club’s management, in accordance with Carlo Ancelotti, is already planning next season’s lineup of centre-backs. 

They expect Rafa Marin to leave, so the defensive lineup for coach Carlo Ancelotti is likely to include Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, and possibly Yoro if they can complete the negotiations successfully.

Real Madrid are focusing on building a strong defence for the upcoming season. They see Yoro as a valuable addition and are working hard to secure his transfer. 

The next steps involve reaching an agreement with Lille and finalizing the transfer details as soon as possible.

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