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22-year-old youngster an option for Real Madrid to reinforce the No. 9 spot



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With the news of Karim Benzema possibly leaving Real Madrid this summer for Saudi Arabia starting to gather pace, the Spanish capital club find themselves in a scramble to reinforce their No. 9 slot.

Should the Frenchman call it time on his career at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid will need to make a superstar signing to replace him.

However, there seems to be some difference of opinion on that matter between the club and manager Carlo Ancelotti, with the former hoping to sign a low-cost option like Roberto Firmino or Joselu, before going for one of Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe next year.

And as per MARCA, a player who fits into that line of thinking and is on the radars of Real Madrid is youngster Juanmi Latasa.

The 22-year-old is currently away on loan at Getafe from the Merengues, with the La Liga club retaining the option of signing him permanently for a fixed fee.

Latasa’s time in Getafe, however, has not been most productive as he struggled for game-time for much of the season. Things seem to be improving of late under Jose Bordalas as the young striker scored on his first start for the club this past weekend against CA Osasuna.

Real Madrid have been monitoring Latasa’s progress at Getafe and the youngster remains an option for the club to reinforce the No. 9 role, although one would imagine it would be in a backup capacity.

Before leaving Real Madrid for Getafe, Latasa had made 50 appearances for the Castilla team and scored 18 goals in the process.

It remains to be seen if the 22-year-old Spaniard gets a shot at first-team football at the Santiago Bernabeu next season or if Getafe decide to sign him permanently.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club



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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

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Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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