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Real Madrid in the hunt for English duo

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Real Madrid are plotting a return to the Premier League as they look to strengthen their squad for next season, and this time they have English talent in their sights.

Following the protracted transfer of Gareth Bale last summer, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is said to be keen on England duo Ashley Cole and Glen Johnson.

The pair have been England regulars for a number of years and are rumoured to be at the top of Ancelotti's defensive shopping list.

Chelsea man, Cole, is out of contract in the summer and according to The Mirror Real Madrid are ready to offer him a two-year deal, with the option of a third, to end his time at Stamford Bridge.

Having been an automatic starter for the majority of his time at Stamford Bridge, Cole has lost his place to Cesar Azpilicueta this season and could be tempted by a move to the Spanish capital.

Meanwhile, England teammate Johnson still has 12 months remaining on his current Liverpool deal, but with talks yet to begin on an extension, Madrid may be ready to swoop.

The Anfield club are unlikely to increase Johnson's reported £110,000 a week earnings and the Telegraph claim Ancelotti is considering a move.

The right-back slot has been a concern for the former Chelsea boss this season with both Alvaro Arbeloa and Daniel Carvajal having failed to prove themselves as the first choice.

Should the pair make the move to Spain they'll be desperate to improve on the last England defender to arrive in Madrid, as Jonathan Woodgate famously scored an own goal and got sent off on his debut having spent his first year at the club on the sidelines.

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