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Rival watch: RB Leipzig trio set to miss Real Madrid encounter

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Real Madrid will be gunning for yet another victory – their eighth of the season in all competitions – when they take on RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.

Los Blancos go into the game with three players unavailable as Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez and Eder Militao have been left out of the squad due to injury issues.

Like Real Madrid, RB Leipzig, too, are carrying several fitness problems in their squad and will be without as many as three players for the trip to the Spanish capital.

As reported by MARCA, RB Leipzig will have to make do without Spanish international Dani Olmo, versatile defender Lukas Klostermann and midfield mainstay Konrad Laimer for the clash against Real Madrid.

Among the trio, Olmo’s absence is a major blow for Leipzig given the value he brings to the table with his versatility and attacking nature.

Laimer is also a key piece of this Leipzig setup and is the latest one to pick up an injury. The Austrian international is expected to be sidelined for several weeks after damaging his ankle ligament during Leipzig’s 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund this past weekend.

With Laimer unavailable, Kevin Kampl and Xaver Schlager could form the midfield double pivot for Die Roten-Bullen on Wednesday night.

And while they will miss the likes of Olmo and Poulsen, there is plenty of threat in the attacking unit with Timo Werner, Christopher Nkunku, Dominik Szoboszlai and Andre Silva.

Yussuf Poulsen, who had been out with a thigh injury, returned to the bench against Dortmund this weekend and will provide more depth in the final third.

Leipzig have not made the best of starts to the new season and have already changed managers, replacing Domenico Tedesco with Marco Rose. They will hope to build on their win against Dortmund and pick up all three points at the Bernabeu.

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Real Madrid considering move for Manchester City superstar as club faces possible sanctions

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Premier League has come up with a shocking statement, charging defending champions Manchester City with more than 100 breaches of the financial rule between 2009 to 2018.

The allegations levelled at Man City could lead to a point deduction for the defending champions or perhaps even expulsion. This could prove to be significant for not Premier League but European football in general.

To that end, a new report from Daily Mail suggests Real Madrid are keeping close tabs on the situation. They are aware of the fact that if Man City get sanctioned, it could rule them out of the chase for top target Jude Bellingham.

But more importantly, it may open up the opportunity to sign Erling Haaland in the near future. The Norwegian international was one of Man City’s smartest business move in the summer when they roped in the star striker for a meagre fee.

However, Spanish media believes Haaland has a release clause in his contract worth around €200 million. It could be activated in the summer of 2024 and clubs like Real Madrid are said to be interested in activating the clause.

But in light of the recent allegations made against Man City, Real Madrid are anticipating a potential mass exodus, and could make an early move for the forward, especially if the English giants get sanctioned by the Premier League board.

It goes without saying that Haaland, who has been scoring goals for fun since joining the Premier League outfit, is someone who demands to play at the highest level of football. It was one of the key reasons he joined Man City – a club that can offer consistency in terms of sporting success.

But a potential sanction for City could change the dynamic, possibly paving the way for a club like Real Madrid to establish themselves as an excellent suitor for Haaland.

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