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21-year-old Real Madrid striker ‘one step away’ from joining La Liga rivals

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Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa is inching closer to securing a loan move away to fellow La Liga club Rayo Vallecano, reports MARCA.

The 21-year-old striker is a product of Real Madrid’s La Fabrica youth setup, having joined in 2015. He has progressed at an impressive rate through the ranks and become a key player of the Castilla team over the past couple of seasons.

Indeed, Latasa has made 50 appearances for Real Madrid Castilla, scoring 18 goals and setting up one more. He made his senior debut for the Merengues in May earlier this year, featuring as a substitute in a La Liga clash against Cadiz.

With Luka Jovic departing and Mariano Diaz also likely to leave, Latasa would have been expected to make the step up to the first-team setup as a backup for Karim Benzema.

However, Carlo Ancelotti hardly afforded the young Spaniard any minutes during the pre-season, indicating that he was not a part of his plans for the new campaign.

Latasa has since been on the lookout for a club and has now seemingly found his next destination. The report states that the 21-year-old striker is ‘one step away’ from completing a loan move to Rayo Vallecano, despite there being interest from Cadiz and Mallorca.

Under Andoni Iraola, Rayo Vallecano have been known to back young talents which would have appealed to Latasa. At the same time, a move to Vallecas means that the 21-year-old would continue living in the capital.

A loan move seems the right choice for the young striker as regular game-time in La Liga could help him earn valuable experience, preparing him for life at Real Madrid in the future.

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  1. Abdulhakeem Abubakar Mahmud

    August 24, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Juanmi Latasa should be given a chance to be backup for Benzema this season instead of loaning him out because Hazard is not reliable as false nine.

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Real Madrid closely following the progress of 19-year-old Brazilian centre-back

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Real Madrid have made it a habit to identify and sign the best young talents from Brazil in recent times. The Merengues recently signed Endrick Felipe from Palmeiras, although the striker will join the club in 2024, once he turns 18 years old.

Now, according to journalist Bruno Andrade on UOL Esporte, Real Madrid have set their sights on 19-year-old Brazilian defender Robert Renan.

The teenage centre-half came through the ranks at Corinthians and went on to make 13 senior appearances for the Brazilian outfit. He left the club last month to sign for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg as part of the operation involving Yuri Alberto.

Renan is yet to make his debut for Zenit, but Real Madrid have had their eyes on the 19-year-old for a while now and have been closely following his progress and performances.

The teenage defender is currently a part of the Brazil U-20 team at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia. And he has performed admirably in the tournament, featuring in each of his team’s five matches so far.

Renan’s performances in the U-20 Championship are said to have further piqued the interest of Real Madrid.

The report suggests that Los Blancos will continue keeping tabs on the young defender’s development at Zenit over the coming months.

With Nacho Fernandez’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Jesus Vallejo’s future uncertain as well, Real Madrid could use a defensive reinforcement in the summer to support Eder Militao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger.

Established players such as Josko Gvardiol have been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.

Renan, too, could be an option for Real Madrid in the summer. But, as things stand, the interest in the Brazilian is at a very nascent stage and the Merengues will continue to track his progress at Zenit, where his contract runs until 2028.

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