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Rodrygo in line to start for Brazil against Cameroon, Vinicius to be rested – report

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At the end of the second round of the group stage at the FIFA World Cup 2022, only three teams had cemented their spot in the Round of 16 – France, Portugal, and Brazil. Of the three, it would be safe to say that the South Americans have had the best run.

Tite’s side began their tournament with a resounding 2-0 win over Serbia before beating Switzerland by one goal. With their qualification guaranteed, the manager will look to shuffle his cards in the final group stage game when Brazil take on Cameroon.

According to reports from Globo, Real Madrid ace Rodrygo Goes is expected to start the game against Cameroon in what will be his first start in the World Cup. Further, Eder Militao is expected to feature from kickoff as well, but Vinicius Jr is set to be benched.

Rodrygo has appeared as a substitute in both of Brazil’s World Cup games so far. He was particularly impressive in the win against Switzerland as he got the assist for the only goal of the game scored by Casemiro.

And, it looks like the 21-year-old forward is set to be rewarded with a starting berth for the clash against Cameroon.

Earlier this week, Rodrygo was interviewed by Ronaldo in which the youngster commented about starting a game in the near future. “I’m ready. Next game or after that, I am ready,” he said.

The Real Madrid youngster has made a strong impression in the tournament so far with one assist in two games. With a dream start at his doorstep, it remains to be seen how he makes use of it.

Vinicius has also been a bright spark for Brazil at the World Cup and given his importance to the team, it would make sense for Tite to save him for the knockout stages.

Meanwhile, Eder Militao, who started at right-back against Switzerland, is likely to feature in his natural centre-half role in the Cameroon clash as per the report.

The Copa America runners-up do not have much on the line, and even a draw will secure them a table-top finish. However, a defeat could push them to second if Switzerland put enough past Serbia and take three points.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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