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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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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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