Ancelotti wants a midfielder

Real Madrid are seen as in the market for a new midfielder, with reports spread between Geoffrey Kondogbia, Thiago Alcantara and Asier Illarramendi.

It is understood that new Coach Carlo Ancelotti has requested that the club strengthen in central midfield ahead of the new season.

AS report that he has handed a list of possible recruitments to President Florentino Perez and general manager Jose Angel Sanchez, headed by Real Sociedad’s Illarramendi.

Marca, however, believe that Madrid are looking to move for Sevilla’s young star Kondogbia and that negotiations over a proposed €9m deal are already advanced enough that a deal could be concluded by next week.

Cadena Ser back up AS’ claims that Los Blancos want Illarramendi, but add that they are also keen on stepping up previously thought interest in Barcelona’s Thiago, whose current buyout clause of €18m is attracting a lot of interest.

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