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Real Madrid set to sign veteran goalkeeper on a free transfer – English sources



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As reported earlier today, Thibaut Courtois ruptured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament during training and is set to undergo surgery.

That said, the Belgian shot-stopper will miss a large part and probably the entire 2023-24 campaign for Real Madrid.

Courtois’ unexpected injury is a massive blow to Carlo Ancelotti’s side. The goalkeeper has proven to be one of the best in the world in his position and has single-handedly won games for his team on numerous occasions.

The administration at Valdebebas is thus urgently looking for a replacement signing.

According to reports from talkSPORT, David De Gea is close to joining Real Madrid. The former Manchester United star is one of the best available options on the market and could serve as an able starter for the coming season.

Where is De Gea now?

Once widely considered to be the world’s best shot-stopper, De Gea’s career saw a big momentum shift in recent seasons.

The Spaniard’s final months at the Premier League club were bittersweet, especially with his questionable ball-playing skills. He made several pivotal mistakes that directly affected the team’s results.

Closing in on a move to the Bernabeu. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Manchester United thus opted against renewing his contract and contemplated a change in guard, which meant that the Spaniard left the club upon the expiry of his deal.

The 32-year-old is currently a free agent and can join Ancelotti’s side with immediate effect once a deal is agreed.

Who are Real Madrid’s other options?

In recent hours, Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bono has emerged as a possible candidate to fill the void at Real Madrid.

The Moroccan shot-stopper has attracted interest from Saudi Arabia but would prefer a move to Madrid over other options.

The only hurdle in signing the 32-year-old would be his release clause which stands at €50 million. The least he could leave for, if reports are to be believed, is €20 million.

Other names such as Kepa Arrizabalaga, Giorgi Mamardashvili, and even former Real Madrid star Keylor Navas were said to be contenders.

But as it appears, De Gea could be the one arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu, eight years after his dream move to Real Madrid had collapsed.

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Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano



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Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.

Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.

Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.

Real Madrid impressed by Endrick

Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.

The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.

The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.

And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.

Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.

Real Madrid happy with Endrick. (Photo by Ricardo Moreira/Getty Images)

Endrick also learning new languages

Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.

The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.

As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.

Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.

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