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Three players Real Madrid want to sign in the summer – report



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Real Madrid are gearing up for a busy transfer window ahead as Florentino Perez looks to significantly improve the squad ahead of the new season in an attempt to help the club retain its dominance over Spanish football.

A recent report from MARCA has offered an update on their transfer policy in the upcoming summer transfer window, outlining the potential targets and how the club plan to go about its business.

It appears Real Madrid are only planning to sign three players in the summer, with the club prioritising a move for a centre-back, a star striker and a left-back.

Antonio Rudiger has emerged as the likely arrival and having reportedly agreed personal terms with Los Blancos, the Chelsea defender could be officiated as a Real Madrid player shortly after the Champions League final.

In the attack, Kylian Mbappe has emerged as the obvious option. There has been some speculation lately, suggesting the Frenchmans’s desire to continue at PSG.

But Real Madrid remain confident of securing his services on a free transfer in the coming summer, although Mbappe is unlikely to make a decision on his future before the end of the season.

As for the left-back slot, it appears Carlo Ancelotti wants to sign a replacement for the ageing Marcelo, who will be allowed to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

The newly-crowned Spanish champions are primarily targeting a move for Fran Garcia. The 22-year-old currently plies his trade at Rayo Vallecano and could be an ideal alternative for Ferland Mendy at left-back next season.

Real Madrid were tipped to go after a new midfielder in the coming summer, with Aurelien Tchouameni emerging as the desired target.

But it appears Ancelotti is happy with the progress made by Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde while Dani Ceballos is another alternative to the three first-choice midfielders in Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

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Camavinga, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Barcelona



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Real Madrid will be aiming to get a step closer to lifting the La Liga title when they face off against FC Barcelona later tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid are currently seated atop the league table, eight points clear of Barça in second place. And another win tonight would stretch the lead to 11 points, all but guaranteeing their coronation as Spanish champions.

It will not be easy with Barcelona motivated after their defeat against PSG in the UEFA Champions League while fatigue could also be a factor after Los Blancos toiled it out for 120 minutes against Man City earlier this week.

Heading into the game, Real Madrid have one fitness concern as Ferland Mendy did not train on Saturday due to some overload in his left leg, although he was included in the squad list by Carlo Ancelotti.

Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba are the only injury-enforced absentees for the league leaders and here’s how Real Madrid could line up tonight against Xavi Hernandez’s side.


Fresh off his penalty shootout heroics against Manchester City, Andriy Lunin will guard Real Madrid’s goal again and hope to help his team to another crucial victory.

Antonio Rudiger has been in brilliant form this season and is a guaranteed starter at the heart of the Merengues’ defence. The German international should pair up with club captain Nacho Fernandez to stop Robert Lewandowski & co.

Even though there has been some chatter about Lucas Vazquez starting at right-back, Dani Carvajal is expected to get the nod as usual.

Mendy’s possible absence, however, could pave the way for Eduardo Camavinga to start at left-back for Real Madrid, with Ancelotti likely to trust the French midfielder in a makeshift role over Fran Garcia.

Camavinga could fill in at left-back. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Aurelien Tchouameni is back after missing the Manchester City game through suspension and will slot in as the defensive midfielder against Barcelona.

Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos will take up the two interior midfield positions for Real Madrid while Jude Bellingham will operate as the lone attacking midfielder.

However, it will not be a surprise to see Real Madrid transition into a 4-4-2 with Valverde and Bellingham moving out wide on the right and left flanks, respectively.

Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr. are the undisputed starters up top in attack, with the former likely to operate from the left after his recent success while the latter will play slightly more centrally.

Real Madrid Predicted Lineup: Lunin, Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Valverde, Kroos, Bellingham, Vinicius, Rodrygo.


Brahim Diaz and Luka Modric are players that Carlo Ancelotti counts on from the bench for every game and that will not change tonight against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Joselu is also an option that Ancelotti could turn to if he wished to change things up in the attacking unit.

Eder Militao could also get some minutes, depending on the game situation, as Ancelotti hopes to get the Brazilian into match-rhythm in time to face Bayern Munich.

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