The biggest story heading into the upcoming summer transfer window has to be that of Jude Bellingham. With clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid all interested in the English prodigy, the need for a plan B became important.
The hunt for a player with a similar profile brought interested parties to Galicia in Spain. Gabri Veiga, Celta Vigo’s young sensation, has been stealing headlines in La Liga this season and was largely seen as a viable alternative.
According to reports from AS, Real Madrid will keep a close eye on Veiga later today when they take on Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu. It will thus be an audition for the youngster who is said to be priorotising a move to Real Madrid.
The youngster is understood to have a release clause in his contract worth around €40 million. In the past, Los Blancos have even considered including the likes of Rafa Marin in the deal to bring down the monetary element and that continues to be the option. However, the player must first impress later today.
The 20-year-old has played a part in 27 La Liga games for Celta Vigo this season, scoring a stunning nine goals and providing four assists in the process. He averages 1.9 key passes per game and has created six big chances.
Veiga’s defensive work rate is not an aspect to be worried about either. With 1.3 tackles, 0.6 interceptions and four duels won per game, he is an active part of the team when off the ball.
To sign the young phenom would fit well into the Merengues‘ strategy of identifying targets young and nurturing them to their liking. The only hurdle, however, is the relatively high transfer fee.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.