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Real Madrid planning to raid Manchester City for €60 million-rated defender in 2023

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Real Madrid are lining up a move for Manchester City and Portugal right-back Joao Cancelo in the summer of 2023, reports AS (h/t SPORT).

Cancelo signed for City in 2019 from Juventus and has quickly developed into one of the best full-backs in Europe. Even though he is primarily a right-back, the Portuguese international has played on the left more often than not for Pep Guardiola’s side and has impressed heavily.

So much so that Real Madrid have now set their sights on the ex-Benfica for a transfer in the summer window of 2023.

Los Blancos have one of the top right-backs in the world in Dani Carvajal as their first choice currently. But the Spaniard’s fitness problems over the past year have been no secret. And while Lucas Vazquez has done well as an understudy, he is not a natural in the position.

With Vinicius Tobias still lacking experience at the highest level, recruiting someone like Cancelo would be a big move from Real Madrid, as he would provide stiff competition to Carvajal and elevate the quality of the squad as a whole.

However, signing the 28-year-old from Manchester City will be easier said than done. Cancelo, whose market value is around €60 million, penned a new deal with the Premier League champions in February earlier this year that will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until 2027.

Given that he is a vital component of Guardiola’s plans, the former Barcelona coach will not let the Portuguese international leave without a fight. So, only time will tell if Real Madrid are successful in their endeavours to try and swoop Cancelo away from Man City.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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