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Real Madrid will have to shell out €25 million to sign Chelsea star permanently – report



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Following the injury to Thibaut Courtois just days before the start of the 2023/24 season, Real Madrid were forced to make an emergency signing to reinforce their goalkeeping department.

In came, Kepa Arrizabalaga, snubbing a chance to join Bayern Munich, in favour of Real Madrid. The 28-year-old has joined the Merengues on a season-long loan from Chelsea, with no purchase option included.

Since arriving, Kepa has played only a couple of matches, but appears to have settled in quite well at the club, with his new teammates and coaches.

€25 million for permanent transfer

Real Madrid had other options on their radar, but opted to sign Kepa due to his availability on loan and the player’s willingness.

And with Andriy Lunin expected to move on next summer, when his contract expires, the Merengues would need a new deputy for Courtois, potentially opening the door for a permanent transfer for Kepa.

And, SPORT is reporting that Real Madrid already know how much they would need to pay if the wish to sign Kepa permanently from Chelsea.

The Blues price the Spanish international, who was signed for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper back in 2018, at €25 million.

Kepa to Real Madrid permanently? (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)

But, the report adds that Real Madrid will not look to spend more than €18 million on Kepa, his current market value, if they do decide to pursue his signing.

Kepa open to permanent move

Meanwhile, Kepa has already admitted that he would be very much open to making his transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid permanent, despite the competition he would face from Courtois.

“I just arrived, I’ve been here for two weeks. I would be delighted to stay. There are many things to see and there is a lot of time left, but I’m always willing to fight, to improve,” he had said earlier this month.

Kepa will be entering the final year of his contract at Chelsea next summer and as such, the possibility of Real Madrid exploring a bargain deal exists.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash



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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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