While the attacking department seems to be the most sorted out aspect of Carlo Ancelotti’s dressing room, Real Madrid continue to be linked with various forwards in the buildup to the transfer window.
It is probably the aftermath of Kylian Mbappe’s decision to snub the club that has seen Los Blancos linked with the likes of Serge Gnabry and Borja Mayoral in recent days.
According to reports from Carrusel Deportivo, Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City has now been offered to the champions of Europe. The striker asks for a salary of €5 million per season, a very low figure in today’s inflated economy.
While Real Madrid like the idea of incorporating the player, his non-EU passport complicates the operation and makes it close to impossible.
As per La Liga’s rules, a team is permitted to have a maximum of three players with a non-European passport in their squad. At the moment, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao fill the three available vacancies.
There is also no room for any of the three Brazilian’s to claim a Spanish citizenship since they have not played in La Liga for five seasons.
Given that all the current non-EU slot holders are indispensable to Ancelotti’s plans, it is difficult to see Jesus donning the white colors next season.
Jesus started 21 games for Pep Guardiola’s side last season, scoring eight goals and providing eight assists. However, the tough competition for a starting spot at the Etihad and the arrival of Erling Haaland force the Brazilian to make a move away from the club in June.
His contract with the Cityzens ends in 2023. With just over a year left in his deal, City will be willing to part ways with the player for a low fee.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo