According to a report from The Athletic, Real Madrid were among several clubs keeping tabs on Yves Bissouma before the Malian midfielder chose to join Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window.
Bissouma had established himself as one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League during his time with Brighton & Hove Albion. His all-round qualities in the middle of the park led to interest from some top clubs across Europe.
From England, the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool were keeping a close watch on the 26-year-old Malian international. Along with them, La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid were also monitoring the midfield star.
However, Bissouma eventually ended up choosing to sign for Tottenham Hotspur. Real Madrid, meanwhile, brought in Aurelien Tchouameni to reinforce their midfield department, landing the Frenchman from AS Monaco in a deal that could reach €100 million.
The 22-year-old has settled in brilliantly at the Santiago Bernabeu, quickly becoming a permanent fixture in the middle of the park in Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
With Casemiro being sold to Manchester United in the summer, Tchouameni has seamlessly taken over the reins of the holding midfield position for the champions of Spain and Europe.
Indeed, the entire Real Madrid dressing room and the coaching staff have been left hugely impressed with the adaptation as well as the impact made by the former Bordeaux prospect since joining the club.
Meanwhile, Bissouma has struggled to get a foothold into Antonio Conte’s side at Tottenham. The 26-year-old has played just 160 minutes of football across all competitions so far for the north London club, starting only one game so far.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo