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.
Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Atletico Madrid | La Liga
As Real Madrid gear up for their biggest test of the 2023/24 season so far against Atletico Madrid, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the squad list for the game at the Civitas Metropolitano.
The biggest news is the inclusion of star forward Vinicius Jr in the squad, with the Brazilian seemingly making an ultra-swift recovery from his injury to make himself available for the Madrid derby.
Meanwhile, Jude Bellingham also makes the squad list after there were some concerns about his situation as he had a stomach issue on Friday.
Arda Guler has trained with the team but is still not ready for his debut while Dani Carvajal also misses out with injury. Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao remain long-term absentees.
Ferland Mendy makes a return to the squad list for a La Liga match after having recovered fully from his injury.
Youngster Nico Paz is still missing due to a knock that led to his absence in the midweek Champions League clash against Union Berlin.