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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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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla



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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.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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