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Real Madrid re-enter race for €35 million-rated German wonderkid

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Karim Adeyemi has been the highlight of several clubs’ transfer plans over the past few months. The wonderkid is expected to be the next big thing in German football, and his incredible ceiling has attracted attention far and wide.

Despite receiving interest from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, Adeyemi was drawn towards the project at Borussia Dortmund. With Erling Haaland set to move away from the Bundesliga side, the 20-year-old was thought of as the Norwegian’s replacement.

However, talks have stalled between Dortmund and Adeyemi, and things are no longer as clear as they were. According to reports from Diario AS, Real Madrid have re-entered the race for the signature of the striker.

The RB Salzburg player has scored 19 goals and provided 4 assists across all competitions this season. He averages close to 3 shots per game in the Bundesliga and also provides ” key pass in every game.

Salzburg demand a fee of €42.5 million for their star striker, a fee considered high by many in Europe. Moreover, it was the disparity over the transfer fee that saw talks with Dortmund break down.

The fee involved may not be too high for Los Blancos to shell out, however, it will be subject to scrutiny given that the club focus on other positions too.

The (highly-likely) arrival of Kylian Mbappe will be a major boost to the forward line, and it remains to be seen if Adeyemi is considered a necessity after the French star’s arrival.

As of now, Florentino Perez is alert to the German’s situation and continues to harbor him in the transfer plans.

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Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report

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Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.

The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.

Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.

This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.

Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia

Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.

With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.

Ancelotti to go with a makeshift central defensive pairing vs Valencia (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.

Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.

What are Ancelotti’s other options?

Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.

The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.

Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.

Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.

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