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Real Madrid set sights on Serie A defender with a mammoth €80 million price tag

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With roughly a month left before the 2023/24 campaign comes to an end, the transfer market is heating up already.

Real Madrid have started preparations for the season ahead and working on a deal to finalise Kylian Mbappe’s arrival.

Apart from Mbappe, Real Madrid are involved in the pursuit of multiple other players, with the defensive unit, in particular, being a major focus area.

Real Madrid interested in Alessandro Bastoni

To that end, a recent report from Tuttosport (h/t Fichajes) has pointed out that Real Madrid are interested in the services of Alessandro Bastoni.

The Italian is a vital cog in Inter Milan’s defensive unit and has already featured in almost 200 competitive matches for the club.

Bastoni is regarded highly due to his technical ability and speed, making him an appealing target for Real Madrid.

The Spanish giants are already preparing for life without Nacho Fernandez next season, with the veteran centre-back set to leave at the end of the season. Interestingly, Inter are among the clubs keen on the veteran’s services.

Alessandro Bastoni on Real Madrid’s radar. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

As per the report, Carlo Ancelotti has asked the Real Madrid board to bring in defensive reinforcements ahead of the new season.

Keeping that in mind, Bastoni is one player the club keeping a close eye on. However, the club’s pursuit of Bastoni could be complicated by Inter Milan.

The Italian giants have no desire to offload Bastoni anytime soon. As such, they have put a staggering asking price of €80 million for the defender.

Bastoni’s contract at Inter Milan does not expire until 2028, with the defender notably signing a new deal last summer. This gives Inter the leverage to conduct tough negotiations and fend off any potential suitors for the young centre-backs this summer.

Real Madrid, though, have no shortage of options and have been notably linked with a move for French defensive starlet Leny Yoro, although the LOSC Lille youngster, too, could prove to be expensive.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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