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Real Madrid working to sign €30 million-rated Serie A defensive ace

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Real Madrid will look to reinforce the centre-back department in the summer in light of captain Nacho Fernandez’s impending departure.

While Rafa Marin is expected to have a first-team spot once he returns from loan at Deportivo Alaves, another young centre-back is sought by the Spanish capital club.

Leny Yoro of Lille has been identified as the priority target, but the French club’s demands for the 18-year-old could become an issue.

As such, it seems like alternatives are being lined up by the Merengues.

Real Madrid working to sign AC Milan’s Malick Thiaw

Indeed, as per German publication BILD, Real Madrid are working to sign AC Milan defender Malick Thiaw in the summer transfer window.

Thiaw has grown a great deal since joining Milan from Schalke back in the summer of 2022. Now an international footballer with Germany, the 22-year-old is a regular for the Rossoneri when fit and available.

Malick Thiaw on Real Madrid’s radar. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

In a season hampered by injuries, Thiaw has featured 26 times for Milan in 2023/24, even managing to register an assist in the process.

As per the report, Thiaw’s market value has risen to €30 million during his time at Milan and Real Madrid have him on their list of targets for the summer.

The three-time capped German international’s contract with the Rossoneri runs until the summer of 2027. Whether the Italian giants would be willing to sell the young defender remains a big question mark.

As mentioned earlier though, Yoro is seen as the priority to reinforce the backline in the summer. But a move for the French teenager will be dictated by Lille’s asking price.

If things do not go as per plans there, Thiaw could be a fine alternative for Real Madrid.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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