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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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Ancelotti sets a target for Real Madrid to achieve before facing Barcelona in La Liga

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Real Madrid are currently the frontrunners to win the La Liga title this season, having established a solid lead atop the table.

After 26 matchdays, Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos have built a six-point lead over second-placed Girona and are eight clear of arch-rivals Barcelona in third.

Ancelotti sets a target

While Real Madrid have already faced Girona and Atletico Madrid twice in La Liga already, they still have to face Barcelona for the second time.

And, as per AS, manager Carlo Ancelotti has set a target for his Real Madrid side to achieve before they face off against Xavi Hernandez’s Barça in a few weeks.

Los Blancos host their bitter rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu in the weekend of April 20-21, in matchweek 32.

And before that, Ancelotti wants Real Madrid to reach 80 points in La Liga, which he believes is the safety point for his team to go on to win the title.

As things stand, the Merengues are on 65 points from 26 games and have five matches to play in the league before they face Barcelona.

And for them to achieve Ancelotti’s intended target, they will have to win each of their matches between now and April 20, which will be anything but straightforward.

After all, Real Madrid are set to face Valencia at a hostile Mestalla this weekend before they take on a Celta Vigo side battling to avoid relegation next week.

Following that, they face a tricky Osasuna side away from home and Athletic Club at home while they will also take on Copa del Rey finalists RCD Mallorca.

Ancelotti wants the La Liga title race wrapped up by this point so that the team can face Barcelona without any pressure and instead keep their focus on the UEFA Champions League, provided they progress in the tournament.

It will be easier said than done, but if we have learned anything from Real Madrid this season, it is that they thrive in the face of adversities.

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