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Real Madrid want to sign a veteran goalkeeper as a backup for Thibaut Courtois



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As the dust settles on Real Madrid’s humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, the Spanish heavyweights are looking to make some changes before the next season starts.

As has already been reported, reinforcements are being sought in the centre-forward position, the full-back slots, as well as the midfield department.

Now, a fresh report from AS is claiming that Real Madrid also wish to sign an experienced goalkeeper in the summer who can provide cover to first-choice custodian Thibaut Courtois.

As things stand, Courtois is the undisputed No. 1 between the sticks for Real Madrid and he has constantly shown why he is deserving of that spot with clutch performances one after the other.

As such, Andriy Lunin, his current deputy, has found game-time hard to come by and is likely to leave the club in the summer in search of regular game-time.

In that scenario, the Spanish capital giants want to rope in a seasoned goalkeeper with plenty of experience to provide cover and competition to Courtois when needed.

It is a strategy that Real Madrid had employed in the past when they had the likes of Jerzy Dudek as a backup for Iker Casillas and they wish to repeat it with Courtois.

There have been no specific goalkeeping targets mentioned in the report, but the Merengues will seek a veteran operator who can fill in for their No. 1 seamlessly while being okay with playing the role of the backup.

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PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025



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As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.

All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.

And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.

Hakimi could return to Real Madrid

Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.

Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.

However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.

And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.

The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.

Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.

As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.

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