Real Madrid and Juni Calafat have turned up the heat in their Brazilian scouting in recent years. No talent has gone unnoticed and it is clear that Los Blancos highly value the South American market.
After the success of Vinicius Jr, Eder Militao and Rodrygo, the plan has worked like a charm. Moreover, Reinier too is at the club and could well be the next star to make his name.
Earlier this year, another Brazilian talent Matheus Nascimento was closely linked with a move to the Castilla. However, as reported by AS, even though it was the management’s objective to sign the youngster, he is now close to signing a five-year contract with his club Botafogo.
The Brazilian club see Nascimento as a massive asset for their future and are unwilling to let go of him at such an early stage of his career. The contract extension is a step in the same direction as Botafogo owner John Textor said earlier this year (h/t Reuters):
“We are offering a contract that is extremely lucrative to him as a player but we are also hardwiring in the contract a guarantee first-team roster spot in Europe with the clubs in which we have ownership.”
The 18-year-old is often called the Brazilian Cavani for his lethal presence in the box. Yet, his playing style is far from that of just a poacher.
He is known for his ability to create spaces with his movements and finish with precision. His role is closer to that of a No. 10 than that of a 9, and Real Madrid could use such a unique profile to great effect.
However, as things stand, Matheus Nascimento is poised to sign a new five-year contract with Botafogo. Whether that discourages Real Madrid from going after the 18-year-old sensation remains to be seen.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.