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Real Madrid rival Barcelona, Chelsea for midfield prodigy with 29 goal-contributions

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Real Madrid have reportedly entered the race to sign Dynamo Kyiv attacking midfielder Arsen Zakharyan, who is also a transfer target for both Barcelona and Chelsea.

This claim comes from SPORT, who state that despite the interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona, Chelsea are leading the race to sign the 19-year-old prospect.

Zakharyan joined the Dynamo Kyiv youth academy in 2017 and has since progressed rapidly, making his senior debut for the Russian outfit in 2020 at the age of 17 years.

To date, the teenager has accumulated 55 appearances for Dynamo Moscow and has been directly involved in 29 goals (13 goals, 16 assists). A central attacking midfielder primarily, Zakharyan has also been used out wide on the left occasionally.

Chelsea showed serious interest in the four-time capped Russian international during the summer transfer window and came very close to signing him. However, the move fell through due to some technical problems.

Zakharyan spoke about the collapsed transfer recently and insisted that he hoped to complete the move in January.

“There was an offer, but it just didn’t work out. You probably know the reasons,” he told Sport-Express. “How could I refuse? Of course, I agreed. I hope everything will be fine. Maybe in January.”

Judging by his words, Zakharyan has his heart set on a transfer to Chelsea. Whether Real Madrid can convince him to decide otherwise and join them will be interesting to see.

It could prove to be a difficult task, though, considering the plethora of midfield options that Carlo Ancelotti already has at his disposal. Not to forget prospects like Reinier Jesus, who is out on loan, and Sergio Arribas, who has been brilliant for Real Madrid Castilla.

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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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