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Real Madrid set sights on Manchester City defender on loan in La Liga – report

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Real Madrid have been blessed with one of the best right-backs over the last decade in the form of Dani Carvajal.

The 31-year-old, who is currently injured, has been in brilliant form this term and still has more than a year left on his contract at the club.

Meanwhile, in Lucas Vazquez, Los Blancos have a reliable backup option, although his contract stands to expire at the end of the season.

Furthermore, with both players being in their thirties, there has been talk of Real Madrid signing a long-term replacement for the right-back position for some time now.

But recent reports suggested that the Merengues plan on sticking with Carvajal for next season while offering a new contract to one of Vazquez or Nacho Fernandez to act as backup.

Real Madrid eyeing Yan Couto

However, according to a fresh report from Albert Fernandez on Radio MARCA, Real Madrid have set their sights on Manchester City right-back Yan Couto, who is currently on loan at Girona in La Liga.

Couto, 21, came through the ranks at Brazilian club Coritiba FC before being snapped up by Man City in 2020. Since then, the full-back has been farmed out on loan regularly by the Premier League and European champions.

Indeed, the Brazilian talent had a stint with Girona in 2020/21 before spending a year on loan at SC Braga in the subsequent campaign. He returned to the Catalan outfit in 2022, on a two-year loan deal until 2024.

Couto has been a regular at right-back for Girona this term as they sit atop the La Liga table, racking up a goal and six assists from 16 league matches.

Yan Couto on Real Madrid’s radar. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

As such, he has seemingly caught the eye of Real Madrid, who could see him as the future right-back at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid will have to deal with Man City

As mentioned earlier, Couto is owned by Manchester City and is only on loan at their sister club Girona until the end of the current season.

As such, Real Madrid will have to enter into negotiations with Pep Guardiola’s side if they wish to sign Couto permanently in the summer of 2024.

Nothing is concrete at this point, but it seems like the Merengues are looking at possible reinforcements for the right-back position, with Reece James of Chelsea also an option.

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Real Madrid ace misses training for third consecutive day ahead of UCL final

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As Real Madrid get closer and closer to their final game of the season against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League, they are now sweating over the availability of one of their players.

It has already been confirmed that both David Alaba and Aurelien Tchouameni will miss the finals in London due to injuries.

Other than that, Carlo Ancelotti is likely to have the entirety of his squad available at his disposal, although there could be some concerns surrounding Andriy Lunin.

Lunin not in training for the third day in running

Indeed, Andriy Lunin has not participated in team training today, making it three days in a row heading into the Champions League final, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The Real Madrid goalkeeper is down with a fever that has kept him out of training for three days in a row now.

However, the report does add that despite not being in training for three days now, the Ukrainian international will fly to London and be on the squad list for the finals.

But with reports already suggesting that Thibaut Courtois will be starting in goal against Dortmund, Lunin’s continued absence from training only further strengthens the Belgian’s chances.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was absent from training on Tuesday due to personal reasons, is back working with the rest of the squad today. The Spaniard will have no involvement in Saturday’s final though.

Carlo Ancelotti is likely to go with the exact same starting lineup that he named for the Merengues’ final La Liga match against Real Betis.

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