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Real Madrid’s summer plans for the defence – report

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If one had to single out a position in Real Madrid’s team to be strengthened, it would undoubtedly be the centre-back department.

Eder Militao and David Alaba form a solid partnership at the back, but none of the backup options are convincing enough to replace either of the starters.

Florentino Perez has the signing of a new defender on his agenda for the summer. However, it does not seem like the club will chase an established name to strengthen the side.

According to reports from Diario AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid prefer the option of signing a centre-back on a free transfer in June. If such an operation fails to go through, Los Blancos will promote a youth player.

The situation will only change if a young centre-back whom the club like appears on the market.

Earlier, Antonio Rudiger was thought to be a potential option to sign for Ancelotti’s side. The German international has been a vital part of Tuchel’s Champions League-winning Chelsea side and carries the required portfolio to arrive at Bernabeu.

In 23 Premier League appearances this season, the 28-year-old has overseen nine clean sheets and averages three clearances per game. Additionally, on average, he offers one interception, one tackle, and four duels won per game.

However, the chance of him moving to Real Madrid dwindles with every passing day. Rudiger is now closer to extending with Chelsea than he has ever been before.

Some of the other names linked with a move to Madrid are Jules Kounde, Nico Elvedi, Christian Romero, Maxence Lacroix and Stefan de Vrij.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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