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Atletico Madrid striker target decides he wants to play for Real Madrid

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Despite being just 17-years of age, Iker Bravo has taken the transfer window by storm. The Bayer Leverkusen youth striker has interest from several top European clubs and is considering a move away from Germany.

According to reports from Sergio Santos, the striker has decided that he wants to play for Real Madrid. The player’s newfound desire to don the white jersey now puts the club in pole position to sign the striker.

Atletico Madrid were said to be keenly interested in Bravo’s signature in the current transfer window. It was also reported that the player had an agreement in place with Diego Simeone’s side.

However, Real Madrid’s entry into the race flipped the restart button. As it became increasingly clear that Florentino Perez was serious in his pursuit of the striker, Bravo’s future moved nearer to the Bernabeu.

The player is indeed inexperienced, but the Madrid offices see him as a potential long-term replacement for Karim Benzema.

The teenager scored four goals and provided three assists in 17 league appearances for the Leverkusen U-19 side in 2021-22. He also recorded three goals with the U-17 outfit of the club last season.

Bravo is expected to play for the Castilla team in his first season at Real Madrid. His performances and integration into the system will determine whether he has a future with the first team.

Leverkusen are willing to let go of their young talent on a two year loan for a fee of €1 million. However, Real Madrid must pay €15 million to make his move permanent at the end of the spell.

The battle is now between the two Madrid based sides. While Atletico Madrid may have upped their offer in recent days, Real Madrid are favourites to sign the player.

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Real Madrid midfielder receives huge praise from ex-Barcelona star: “Has no limits”

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Speaking in a recent interview with Fichajes.com (h/t GOAL), former Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has heaped praise on Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni, while also revealing that he recommended the Catalans to sign him in the past.

Tchouameni arrived at Real Madrid this past summer in a deal worth €80 million plus €20 million in add-ons. Following Casemiro’s departure, he was thrust into the limelight right away by Carlo Ancelotti and the 22-year-old has not put a foot wrong since arriving.

Indeed, Tchouameni has become a key player for Ancelotti’s side and is currently starring at the FIFA World Cup 2022 with France.

Now, Fabregas, who had played with Tchouameni at AS Monaco in the past, has hailed the youngster, stating that there are no limits to what he can achieve.

During the chat, he also revealed that he had recommended Tchouameni’s signing to Barcelona but finances prohibited any move from happening.

“Yes, it’s true that I spoke to Barça about Aurelién. They wanted to start preparing the succession of Sergio Busquets and for me he was the perfect player. It was at a time when Barça were short of money and I don’t think they could offer more than €40 million,” he said.

“Then he signed for Real Madrid, he’s a permanent fixture there and he’s essential in the French national team. For me, Aurélien has no limits.”

Opening up on the first time he saw Tchouameni in action, Fabregas added: “I quickly realised he was not a player like the others. The first time I saw him was during a Ligue 1 match against Bordeaux with Monaco.

“I was on the bench and I was impressed with his performance. They beat us and I remember asking one of our assistants: “but who is this Bordeaux midfielder?”, he reminisced.

Fabregas also revealed that he was close with Tchouameni and the youngster sought advice from the former Arsenal captain, saying:

“I spoke a lot with Aurélien, we exchanged a lot of opinions, even when he came to the France national team. He asked me for a lot of advice about my career at clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, and FC Barcelona,” he said.

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