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Real Madrid set to battle Man United for €35 million-rated Champions League finalist

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Even though Real Madrid have signed Fran Garcia this summer, they remain keen on adding another left-back to their ranks, having grown frustrated with Ferland Mendy’s form and fitness woes.

As such, The Independent’s Miguel Delaney is reporting that Real Madrid have taken an interest in Inter Milan defender Federico Dimarco, but are set to face competition from Premier League giants Manchester United.

Inter Milan are under pressure to make some important sales this summer amidst a difficult financial situation. And Dimarco, who was a revelation for the UEFA Champions League finalists this past season, is considered one of the most sellable assets at the club.

Dimarco is primarily a left-back who can perform as a wing-back and even as a centre-back, providing versatility to the table. The 25-year-old Italian finished the 2022/23 season with a return of six goals and ten assists from 50 matches, showing his productivity as well.

As such, Real Madrid and Manchester United have taken an interest in his situation and have already made contact with the Nerazzurri to explore the possibility of a transfer.

As mentioned earlier, Los Blancos are not very happy with Mendy’s situation and are open to selling him this summer, or using him as part of an operation to sign a different player.

With David Alaba no longer keen on playing at left-back, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will need a replacement. A move for Alphonso Davies had been on the agenda, but signing him from Bayern Munich this summer appears difficult.

Hence, the possibility of a move for Dimarco, whose market value is €35 million, is being explored.

However, Man United are also keen on him despite having two quality left-backs in Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia. The Red Devils see his versatility as an asset and believe he will add more dimensions to their squad dynamics, which is why a move is being considered.

With Inter needing to make sales, there is a likelihood that Dimarco will be on the move this summer. Whether Real Madrid do act concretely on their interest in the Italian remains to be seen.

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Rodrygo talks about teaming up with Kylian Mbappe: “A dream to play with the best”

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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, who is currently training with the Brazilian national team for the Copa America in the United States, expressed his excitement about the prospect of playing with Kylian Mbappe. 

Rodrygo emphasised that it would always be a pleasure to team up with Mbappe, whom he considers one of the best players in the world.

Rodrygo mentioned that it would be a great honour for him to play alongside the future Real Madrid forward. 

“For me, it’s a pleasure to play with Mbappe, I always made it very clear. He’s going to help our team a lot, he’s going to help make it even stronger than it already is,” said the forward as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

What about Rodrygo’s place in playing XI

Mbappe and Rodrygo are set to join forces at Real Madrid starting next season. Interestingly, the Frenchman’s arrival could potentially impact Rodrygo’s playing time. 

Despite the competition, though, the forward remains optimistic and prefers to focus on his current role with the Brazilian national team rather than speculate about his future at the club.

Rodrygo is eager to play alongside Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“It is always a pleasure, but now is not the time to divert the focus, I want to be focused on the national team. 

“Mbappe is also playing the (European) championship with his national team and I want to be focused here.

“But always making it clear that it is a pleasure and a dream to play with one of the best in the world,” he added.

Rodrygo is focused on Copa America

As Rodrygo prepares for his first Copa America with Brazil, he aims to demonstrate the same high level of performance that he has consistently shown with Real Madrid in recent years. 

He recalled a memorable moment from the 2021/22 Champions League semifinal against Manchester City. 

In that match, Rodrygo scored two last-minute goals that forced extra time, ultimately securing Real Madrid’s place in the final, where they defeated Liverpool.

Rodrygo hopes to replicate such extraordinary performances with the Brazilian national team during the Copa America. 

His main goal with the national team is to have impactful moments that contribute to the team’s success, similar to his crucial role in the Champions League semifinal.

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