Real Madrid waited until the nth minute before announcing Vinicius Jr’s injury. Los Blancos conducted the required diagnostic modalities hoping for a miracle, but it was not meant to be.
The youngster suffered a blow to his right biceps femoris muscle against Celta Vigo and is now ruled out for at least six weeks. In that duration, he will miss close to eight games for the men in white
Carlo Ancelotti entered the season short-staffed in attack, and the latest update further constrains the resources at his disposal.
According to reports from Jose Manuel Moreno, Real Madrid no longer rule out the signing of Dusan Vlahovic. After all, Vini’s prolonged absence and Kylian Mbappe’s decision to stay at PSG leaves them with few attacking options.
A reliable option
Florentino Perez roped in Joselu as a replacement for Karim Benzema earlier this summer, but it is clear that Ancelotti does not trust him as a starter yet.
A move for Vlahovic would thus come with very little downside.
The Serbian international, at 23 years of age, is one of world football’s finest young strikers on the market.
Not only does he serve as an able marksman in the box, but can also drop deeper to link up with the midfield.
Is a loan move still possible?
Vlahovic’s name has stood on Real Madrid’s wishlist for a long time now. The Serbian was a target for the club earlier this summer, but talks stopped owing to Kylian Mbappe’s unclear situation.
Vlahovic’s market value stands at €70 million and given that Juventus spent over €80 million to sign him a little over 18 months ago, they will seek a high price for the hitman.
However, there might be a small chance that the Bianconeri agree to send Vlahovic on a season-long loan.
Earlier this summer, the option of the striker arriving in Madrid on loan for €15 to €20 million surfaced, although at that time, they were planning on signing Romelu Lukaku, who is now on his way to AS Roma. It remains to be seen if that door is still open.
Video: Real Madrid vs Las Palmas ends in dispute between Ancelotti and star forward
Real Madrid’s game against Las Palmas this midweek was an important one for the club.
The Spanish giants secured a 2-0 victory over the Canaries. But more importantly, the game witnessed the return of Vinicius Junior, who was coming back from an injury.
However, it was not the most pleasing return from the Brazilian, who had an altercation with head coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Dispute ends without a handshake
A video has surfaced recently which shows that Vinicius Junior and Ancelotti even ended the game without even shaking hands.
The altercation started when Ancelotti was seen talking to Vinicius, asking him to play more freely.
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Vinicius, though, was not happy with the Italian’s tactics. He pointed out his disagreement with Ancelotti and highlighted the team’s lack of structure.
Ancelotti continued to yell at the Brazilian, asking him to play a certain way. The matters turned worse when Vini continued to turn his back on the Real Madrid coach.
After the final whistle, the Brazilian international did glance past Ancelotti without even shaking his hand.
Ancelotti under pressure
This is a worrying sign for Real Madrid and an indicator that the team is not entirely happy with Ancelotti, who has faced criticism despite a relatively good start to the season.
Although the Real Madrid board has continued to back the former AC Milan and PSG coach, the Italian is certainly running on thin ice.
The upcoming games against Girona, Napoli and Osasuna could be crucial as Real Madrid look to maintain their winning momentum, especially following a derby defeat to Atleti.
In the meantime, Ancelotti must definitely have a word with Vinicius and calm the Brazilian, knowing the attacker could play a key role in revving up the team’s offensive unit in the coming weeks.