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Transfers: Real Madrid will listen to offers for €40 million-rated defender

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Marcelo Viera defined an era at left-back for Real Madrid. The Brazilian had his name engraved in stone in the starting lineup for several years until age caught up with him in his final years at the club.

With the club legend now no longer a part of the dynamics, Carlo Ancelotti must restore order in the left-back department. As it stands, there are two contenders to take over the duties – Ferland Mendy and David Alaba.

According to reports from Relevo, the Austrian international is Ancelotti’s first choice to start at left-back for the coming season. Meanwhile, Ferland Mendy’s future at the club is far from guaranteed.

Los Blancos are willing to part ways with the Frenchman and are listening to offers. If an interesting proposal arrives on the table, he will leave the club this summer. However, if Mendy stays, he will compete with Alaba for a starting spot.

In the event of the Frenchman’s transfer, Real Madrid eye two options to take his place. Fran Garcia has been on the agenda for several months now after his successful spell at Rayo Vallecano. He would be available for a fee of €10 million but the figure could reduce by half during negotiations.

The other option on the table is Miguel Gutierrez, who is looking for a loan in the first division. He currently plays for Real Madrid Castilla and could become a serious option if his defensive numbers improve.

It is not surprising that Ancelotti counts on Alaba as his primary option. Though the former Bayern Munich player performed exquisitely at centre-back for the team last season, his natural position is at left-back.

With Antonio Rudiger set to take up responsibilities alongside Eder Miltao next season, the idea of reverting Alaba to his natural role could reap solid rewards for the Champions of Europe. At the same time, it would close the curtains for Mendy at the club.

In 22 league appearances for Real Madrid last season, the Frenchman scored two goals and provided just one assist. He oversaw five clean sheets and averaged close to seven defensive actions per game.

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Official: Real Madrid confirm date for Endrick presentation

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After welcoming Kylian Mbappe earlier this week in a grand celebration at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have now confirmed the date for the official presentation of another new signing, Endrick.

The Spanish capital club have announced that the teenage sensation will be presented as a new Real Madrid player on July 27.

“Real Madrid CF announces that on Saturday 27 July, at 12:00, the presentation of our player Endrick will take place at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium,” the statement from the club read.

“Previously, Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez will welcome Endrick to Real Madrid City for the signing ceremony that will bind our new player to the club for the next six seasons.”

Endrick arrives with big expectations. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid signed Endrick from Palmeiras back in December 2022 itself in a deal that could reach €60 million including add-ons.

However, since he was only 16 years old at the time, the striker had to continue in Brazil. Set to turn 18 on July 21, the centre-forward will finally be eligible to move to Europe.

In 82 appearances for Palmeiras, Endrick has scored 21 goals and set up four more. The striker also has three goals in ten matches for Brazil.

Endrick will be presented formally at the Santiago Bernabeu on July 27 after he undergoes medicals and signs his contract with club president Florentino Perez.

After the presentation, Endrick will speak to the media in the press room at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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