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21-year-old Real Madrid starlet on the radars of newly-promoted La Liga club

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Sergio Arribas has been one of Real Madrid Castilla’s most fundamental members in recent seasons. His impeccable form went a long way in taking the team to the brink of promotion to La Liga 2, but it was unfortunately not meant to be as they fell to Eldense at the final step.

Reports yesterday revealed that Los Blancos had asked several of the Castilla stars to look for new pastures to continue their development. Arribas, despite his accolades, was also put on the same boat

The young attacking midfielder has no shortage of suitors with Borussia Dortmund and Girona already working towards his incorporation. While the former ask for a two-year loan stint, the latter seek a permanent transfer and offer a fee of €6 million.

According to reports from AS, Deportivo Alaves have joined the scene to sign Arribas. The entry of a new pawn in the game throws the race wide open.

Luis Garcia’s side recently secured promotion to the first division in Spain and envision Arribas as the right investment to take their midfield forward. The move would almost certainly come with assured first-team minutes, making it a tempting proposal for the Real Madrid starlet.

However, not much is known of Alaves’ economic proposal yet and whether they are willing to beat Girona financially to seal the midfielder’s move.

The prodigy’s first choice is undoubtedly to stay at Real Madrid and fight it out for a place in the senior squad. However, direct competition with Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga, Brahim Diaz, and the latest arrival Arda Guler leaves little scope for him to succeed.

It is unfortunate that the club must part with such a talented academy graduate for a lack of space in the squad. One can only hope that Arribas maintains his high level and pushes for a return to the Bernabeu in the years to come.

In 36 appearances for the Castilla last season, the 21-year-old scored 20 goals and provided seven assists. He even featured for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, scoring one goal from his four appearances. 

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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