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Real Madrid ‘praying’ there are no more injuries during the international break – report

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Despite results largely going in their favour, this season has proven to be a challenge for Real Madrid, as they find themselves navigating a relentless storm of injuries.

The list of prominent absentees for Real Madrid continues to pile up, as the Merengues are already missing the likes of Eder Militao, Thibaut Courtois, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Arda Guler and Aurelien Tchouameni.

Now, Eduardo Camavinga and Vinicius Jr. are both anticipated to miss the remainder of the year after suffering rather serious injuries while playing for their respective national teams during the ongoing international break.

Real Madrid anxiously awaits the last game of the break with hopes of no further injury scares.

Real Madrid praying for no more injuries

As per COPE (h/t Madrid Xtra), with the international break primarily responsible for the injuries of Vincius and Camavinga, Real Madrid are praying the break claims no more victims.

In light of the strained attacking options, Joselu and Rodrygo remain the only two attackers available at the club.

While Joselu’s two games with Spain have concluded, Los Blancos will be nervously watching Rodrygo face off against Argentina with Brazil.

Any more midfield absences are also hoped to be avoided, with Real Madrid deprived of both their primary pivots, Camavinga and Tchouameni. Both Federico Valverde and Luka Modric have a game left with Uruguay and Croatia, respectively.

As far as the defensive department is concerned, David Alaba will be in action against Austria later this week and Real Madrid hope that everyone will return healthy with no more injuries.

Real Madrid will be compensated

Out for the rest of 2023. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Camavinga’s injury sustained during the international break is projected to cost FIFA around €20,548 per day that he is sidelined.

Real Madrid may wind up obtaining a total compensation of more than €1 million considering that the midfield player may be absent for up to eight weeks.

Vinicius will also be compensated, with Madrid set to receive €20,548 every day until he is out, which is expected to be for at least ten weeks.

In spite of the temporary financial relief, Real Madrid will gravely miss their two young stars and wish to not have to deal with any more injuries that could potentially cast a shadow on their season ambitions.

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Premier League club close the doors on defender’s exit amid Real Madrid interest

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Back in March, news surfaced that Real Madrid and Manchester United were both interested in signing Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite

The competition for his signature was fierce, but United eventually shifted their attention to another target, Leny Yoro, leaving Real Madrid without a new defender. 

Despite their interest, Everton’s high valuation of Branthwaite at €80 million made both clubs reconsider their pursuit.

According to a report from The Athletic, Everton’s stance on Branthwaite has now solidified. They are not entertaining any offers for the defender. 

Real Madrid, in reality, never made an official bid. They were merely observing from a distance as Everton turned down two substantial offers from Manchester United. 

The highest of these offers was close to €60 million, including both fixed and variable components, yet it still fell short of Everton’s expectations.

Everton want nothing less than €80 million

Everton’s valuation of Branthwaite is influenced by recent high-profile transfers of defenders like Harry Maguire, Wesley Fofana, and Josko Gvardiol. 

Jarrad Branthwaite will not leave Everton this summer. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

These deals have set a precedent, making Everton firm in their demand of £65-70 million, equivalent to over €82 million, for Branthwaite. Despite his high valuation, Everton is adamant about retaining him, considering him a crucial part of their future plans.

Complicating matters, Everton are facing significant financial difficulties. The club has been in a precarious financial position, confirmed by recent reports. 

The Friedkin Group, owners of Roma and potential new buyers for Everton, have halted negotiations with the club’s current owner, Farhad Moshiri. 

They have accumulated over €600 million in debt, and the uncertainty surrounding its management has only worsened the situation.

In light of these financial troubles, selling Branthwaite for a substantial amount could have provided a much-needed financial boost for Everton. However, the club is reluctant to part with one of their most promising young talents. 

They view Branthwaite as a vital component of their long-term strategy and are unwilling to sell him at a discount, even in their current economic state.

At Goodison Park, the decision to keep Branthwaite despite lucrative offers is a clear statement of their commitment to building a strong future. The young defender is seen as a key asset, and Everton’s refusal to sell him underscores their belief in his potential. 

The club’s financial struggles continue to pose challenges, but they are determined to navigate these difficulties without compromising their long-term vision.

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