La Fabrica, the revered academy of Real Madrid, is akin to a fertile garden brimming with promise and potential.
However, the road from the youth ranks to the first team is a difficult one, even with all of the talent that is present there.
One of the bright talents of the academy is teenage sensation, Paulo Iago. The central midfielder quickly progressed through the ranks at Madrid and currently is plying his trade with Real Madrid Juvenil A.
After renewing until 2025 last summer, he now enters his final campaign with the Merengues.
But doubts are being cast over his continuity in light of his dwindling play time and the interest from foreign parties.
Future in doubt
Indeed, as per journalist Manuel Amor, the transformation in Paulo Iago’s situation makes Real Madrid doubt his continuity.
Although he has been informed by the club that he remains a bet for the future, the player and his entourage do not believe that this is the case today.
Having started two of the last six games, it is no longer implausible that the player represented by Jorge Mendes will choose to pursue a career away from Madrid.
Moreover, Paulo Iago’s contract expires in 2025 and many European giants are circling him.
The talented playmaker is known for his ability to play a killer last-pass, vision, ball striking, and dribbling skills. While he prefers to play as a midfielder, he has been a right winger for the Juvenil A, where he can get inside and take aim at goal.
Time will tell whether Real Madrid make a concretized effort to retain his services or let him hit the exit door conveniently.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.