Written By Onyeka Daniel
In the last summer transfer window, which saw Real Madrid fail to make any major signing except the coming of David Alaba on a free transfer, the club have been on the lookout to sign a couple of players in the coming transfer window.
With the signing of Kylian Mbappe almost over the line, the club are looking at other targets, especially in the midfield with their trusted midfield trio of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric not getting any younger and in need of replacement for the present and the future.
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With Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga already coming up, the club are on the lookout for a defensive midfielder that can also deputize for Casemiro.
Monaco midfielder, Aurelien Tchouameni remains their top target but it would require a huge fee (about €60 million) to pry him out of the grasp of his present club and with the club more focused on signing Mbappe and maybe Haaland, they may not have enough resources to go for Tchouameni.
Real Madrid are said to be looking for alternatives and have identified Lyon midfielder, Maxence Caqueret, who is also a defensive midfielder.
Caqueret has mostly played at the heart of Lyon’s midfield in a holding role, putting in a lot of the hard work to help the players around him, such as playmaker Lucas Paqueta to shine.
Lyon and Caqueret are currently at an impasse in contractual negotiations. The midfielder and the club are 100,000 euros apart on a monthly salary, with Caqueret requesting 300,000 euros.
That’s a significant number for the LIgue 1 side, but it would be easy for the Los Blancos to afford and Italian side, Juventus are also said to be interested in the player too but the interest is said to be at a passive stage in the moment, which could accelerate anytime soon.
Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti is refusing let his team get ahead of themselves and lose focus on their immediate objective, which is to win the La Liga title as he refuses to get ahead of himself after his team’s incredible feat against PSG in the UCL.
Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s tie with Real Mallorca on Monday night, the Italian was keen to ensure that Los Blancos did not lose their focus in the league. “There is no euphoria at the club, nor in the team. We continue on in the Champions League and tomorrow we have a different competition.
“This team is used to looking ahead, it’s in the history of our club. We won one match, but it was only the round of 16.” The Italian said. The Los Blanco hold an eight point lead at the top of the table, which could be decisive with just ten matches remaining after this weekend as they prepare to face Mallorca away from home on Monday.
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