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Arsenal weigh up €20 million summer move for breakthrough Real Madrid star

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Andriy Lunin is facing an important summer ahead. After expertly filling in the shoes of the injured Thibaut Courtois this season, he now has a decision to make on whether or not to continue at Real Madrid.

Lunin has emerged as one of La Liga’s best-performing goalkeepers and Courtois’ fresh injury means he could end up retaining his position as the club’s number one goalkeeper for the remainder of the campaign.

However, Lunin is one of the lowest-paid players at Real Madrid and his contract expires in 2025.

Although Real Madrid are keen on extending his contract, the club could face a stiff battle in their bid to keep hold of the goalkeeper.

Arsenal eye €20 million swoop for Lunin

As a matter of fact, Arsenal are eyeing a summer move for Andriy Lunin and are ready to cough up €20 million for the Ukrainian international.

This is according to SPORT, who suggest that the Premier League giants have identified Lunin as a market opportunity in the coming summer.

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Will Lunin stay at Real Madrid this summer? (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Although the Gunners have David Raya as their established number one, they are on the hunt for a reliable alternative, especially with Aaron Ramsdale facing an uncertain future.

Arsenal ready to triple Lunin’s salary

Despite the interest of Arsenal, it must be noted that Lunin has never shown any desire to leave Real Madrid immediately.

The Ukrainian international is happy at the Santiago Bernabeu and may even consider staying if he is guaranteed a more important role in the team.

Arsenal, though, are ready to lure Lunin by tripling his salary. The Gunners are aware of the fact that Lunin is the lowest-paid player at Real Madrid, with a salary of just €2 million per season.

The English outfit, therefore, are hopeful that the opportunity to earn triple his current salary, along with the prospects of a better role could ultimately woo Lunin, as he faces an important summer ahead.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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