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Real Madrid not thinking about selling any attacker right now even with Mbappe’s possible arrival

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Real Madrid’s big mission for the 2020s is nearly complete. They seem to have, after five years of chasing him, finally nailed down a move for Kylian Mbappe, as he has informed PSG that he will not be renewing his contract this summer.

While there are other big clubs such as Liverpool and Arsenal trying to join the race for his signature, Mbappe has always dreamt of signing for Madrid, and will likely not think about any other club.

Once the move eventually goes through, Madrid will have Mbappe, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, Jude Bellingham, and Endrick as part of their forward line for next season, with Joselu also in the conversation after his impressive season so far.

Their wage bill also take a hike, but as per a report on Caught Offside (h/t Football Espana), Real Madrid are currently not thinking about selling any of their forwards during the summer transfer window.

Madrid already made their trust in Vinicius and Rodrygo clear in the summer by handing them new jersey numbers — #7 and #11, suggesting the trust the club wants to place on them.

Elsewhere, Brahim Diaz and Joselu have surpassed expectations this season with their performances. The latter has 11 direct goal contributions this season, mostly off the bench, and has been playing very well irrespective of the stats, too.

Joselu, meanwhile, is Madrid’s second-highest scorer this season, behind only Jude Bellingham, with 14 goals. The Spaniard is currently on loan from Espanyol, though, with an option to buy him for a mere €1.5 million.

Arda Guler is one player that could eventually land into trouble following this Mbappe episode. He is already struggling to break into the Madrid side, with reports claiming that he could leave on loan next season.

The signing of another forward could be the final nail in the coffin for him in theory, but time will tell how Madrid plan their squad this summer.

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Real Madrid identify two major areas of threat from Borussia Dortmund

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The players in the Real Madrid dressing room are well aware that they are considered the favourites for the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

According to journalist Jorge Picon, the team’s performance in the final stages of the season has boosted their confidence and everyone in the squad believes they have a great chance of winning the final.

Despite this, though, there are some concerns about one player and two potential threats from the opposition. 

Now, Real Madrid are good at handling the pressure that comes with being the favourites, but they know that Dortmund are a team that cannot be underestimated.

Real Madrid aware of the threat Dortmund pose

This confidence, however, does not translate into arrogance. Real Madrid understand that Dortmund have the ability to cause them problems. 

To address this, manager Carlo Ancelotti must focus on two key challenges: dealing with offensive transitions and defending set pieces.

Dortmund are not a team that exert high pressure on their opponents, but they are very dangerous on the counterattack. 

Borussia Dortmund are very dangerous in set pieces. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

They play a direct and vertical style of football, relying on quick, few-touch plays to move the ball up the field. Instead of building play slowly from the back, they often utilise Mats Hummels’ ability to make precise long passes to players running behind the defence.

In terms of set pieces, Dortmund pose a significant threat with their tall players, as Niclas Fullkrug, Mats Hummels, and Nico Schlotterbeck are all over 1.90 meters tall, making them dangerous targets during corner kicks and free kicks.

Dortmund’s forwards are quick

Speed is another factor that Real Madrid need to be wary of. This is because Karim Adeyemi is a particularly fast player who can break through defensive lines with his runs. 

He usually plays on the wing and can switch sides with Jadon Sancho, but Adeyemi is considered Dortmund’s main offensive weapon due to his pace and ability to exploit spaces. 

While Sancho is also a skilled dribbler who can take on defenders one-on-one, Real Madrid has two reliable full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who will be tasked with stopping him.

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