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Real Madrid will go after Luiz Gustavo if both Khedira and Di María leave

Carlo Ancelotti and the club's board will need to find a midfielder, and Luiz Gustavo has the edge over fan-favorites Vidal and Pogba.

Buda Mendes

There is a strong possibility that both Ángel Di María and Sami Khedira leave the club this summer. Even though Khedira's potential transfer to Arsenal has cooled off, Real Madrid will still want to sell the player if he doesn't accept the club's offer for a contract extension. Bayern Munich are paying close attention to Khedira and it should not be surprising to see him join the German club. On the other hand, Di María will soon be Real Madrid's highest sale of all time. The Argentinian winger was set to join PSG for 65M€, but new reports coming from BeIN Sports tell that he is getting closer to Manchester United instead. It should be worth noting that BeIN Sports have good sources within PSG. Marca reports today that the transfer fee could be close to 80M€ including bonuses, so one way or another Real Madrid will get around 100M€ for both players.

Some of that money will be used to find a replacement, and while Paul Pogba appears to be the fan-favorite, sources with knowledge of the situation confirm that Luiz Gustavo will likely be that man. The Brazilian midfielder is a Wolfsburg player after he left Bayern Munich one year ago, and had a 35M€ release clause on his contract. That option has become invalid now, but the transfer fee for Gustavo should not be higher than 40M€.

Luiz Gustavo is a defensive midfield whose main ability is to sit back and stop the opposition's attacks. He would be a very valuable asset for Carlo Ancelotti and his coaching staff considering that the current roster doesn't feature that kind of player, not even in Alonso and Illarramendi. Both of them play deep but they are not as pure defensive midfielders as Gustavo.

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