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Real Madrid transfer chief Juni Calafat working on signing two more Brazilian talents – report

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Real Madrid chief scout Juni Calafat has developed a great reputation for unearthing talents and helping the club sign them.

The transfer chief played a key role in the acquisitions of Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo Goes in the past and more recently, was crucial to the captures of Jude Bellingham and Endrick.

Calafat has his eyes on strengthening the team for the future and is already understood to be focusing on signing Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies.

Two more Brazilian gems on the way?

That is not all, though, as Joaquim Piera of SPORT is reporting that Real Madrid chief scout Juni Calafat is working on signing two more talents from Brazil in the near future.

The report does not mention any player by name but claims that Calafat has two operations in Brazil in advanced stages and that they could be completed in the coming months.

As mentioned earlier, Calafat is seen as the talent-spotter at Real Madrid and enjoys the full faith of president Florentino Perez.

It was seen when Los Blancos agreed to splash big money on Endrick last year, even though they would have to wait until 2024 to get their hands on him.

And it appears that there are two more transfers in the works from Brazil which could be completed in the months to come.

Who could be the players?

Real Madrid have recently been linked with a move for Santos FC’s Marcos Leonardo, with the striker tipped to leave Brazil in 2024.

The forward’s agent was also at the Santiago Bernabeu recently which had only served to fuel the speculations further.

Apart from Leonardo, Real Madrid are among the clubs keeping tabs on the progress of Palmeiras’ wonderkid Luis Guilherme.

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Camavinga, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Barcelona

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Real Madrid will be aiming to get a step closer to lifting the La Liga title when they face off against FC Barcelona later tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid are currently seated atop the league table, eight points clear of Barça in second place. And another win tonight would stretch the lead to 11 points, all but guaranteeing their coronation as Spanish champions.

It will not be easy with Barcelona motivated after their defeat against PSG in the UEFA Champions League while fatigue could also be a factor after Los Blancos toiled it out for 120 minutes against Man City earlier this week.

Heading into the game, Real Madrid have one fitness concern as Ferland Mendy did not train on Saturday due to some overload in his left leg, although he was included in the squad list by Carlo Ancelotti.

Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba are the only injury-enforced absentees for the league leaders and here’s how Real Madrid could line up tonight against Xavi Hernandez’s side.

Starters

Fresh off his penalty shootout heroics against Manchester City, Andriy Lunin will guard Real Madrid’s goal again and hope to help his team to another crucial victory.

Antonio Rudiger has been in brilliant form this season and is a guaranteed starter at the heart of the Merengues’ defence. The German international should pair up with club captain Nacho Fernandez to stop Robert Lewandowski & co.

Even though there has been some chatter about Lucas Vazquez starting at right-back, Dani Carvajal is expected to get the nod as usual.

Mendy’s possible absence, however, could pave the way for Eduardo Camavinga to start at left-back for Real Madrid, with Ancelotti likely to trust the French midfielder in a makeshift role over Fran Garcia.

Camavinga could fill in at left-back. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Aurelien Tchouameni is back after missing the Manchester City game through suspension and will slot in as the defensive midfielder against Barcelona.

Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos will take up the two interior midfield positions for Real Madrid while Jude Bellingham will operate as the lone attacking midfielder.

However, it will not be a surprise to see Real Madrid transition into a 4-4-2 with Valverde and Bellingham moving out wide on the right and left flanks, respectively.

Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr. are the undisputed starters up top in attack, with the former likely to operate from the left after his recent success while the latter will play slightly more centrally.

Real Madrid Predicted Lineup: Lunin, Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Valverde, Kroos, Bellingham, Vinicius, Rodrygo.

Substitutes

Brahim Diaz and Luka Modric are players that Carlo Ancelotti counts on from the bench for every game and that will not change tonight against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Joselu is also an option that Ancelotti could turn to if he wished to change things up in the attacking unit.

Eder Militao could also get some minutes, depending on the game situation, as Ancelotti hopes to get the Brazilian into match-rhythm in time to face Bayern Munich.

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