With Arbeloa set to replace Hernan Perez as the head coach, Real Madrid are looking to add more quality to their Juvenil A side this summer.
According to a report from MARCA, one of the players identified as a top target for Los Blancos ahead of the new season is Rodrigo Mendoza.
The 17-year-old is a midfielder, who currently plies his trade with Elche CF. He is currently a member of the club’s Under-19 and is among the most promising in the academy, having impressed the onlookers with his performances in the youth competitions.
A native of Murcia, Mendoza has featured four times for the Spanish U-17 setup as well, making him one of the most promising talents in his age group.
Real Madrid want to rope in the teenage sensation this summer and reinforce the midfield unit of their Juvenil A setup. His addition to the club could go a long way in further strengthening the side and help Arbeloa build a strong unit next season.
A central midfielder by trade, Mendoza appears to be a technically gifted operator, who can be deployed as a number ten as well. His creative qualities could make him an excellent asset for the Juvenil A side, and it won’t be long before he makes the jump to RM Castilla.
However, the report suggests it is going to be difficult for Real Madrid to lure him away from Elche CF this summer.
The Valencian outfit are known for their strict negotiations and they will undoubtedly make it difficult for Los Merengues to secure the services of their prized youth prospect.
Real Madrid camp is not very confident of pulling off the deal either, which has compelled them to consider moves for various other alternatives, including Manuel Angel and Cesar Palacios.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.