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Barcelona midfield target open to joining Real Madrid as summer exit looms

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Joshua Kimmich, the stalwart midfielder for Bayern Munich and the German national team, is poised at a crossroads in his career.

Interestingly, journalist Florian Pletternberg has suggested that he is willing to enter the final year of his contract with Bayern, signalling a potential departure from the Bavarians either this summer or the next. 

This decision comes despite having a contract in place until 2025 and a reluctance to extend his stay, prompting Bayern to actively consider selling him to bolster their finances.

As a key figure in both club and country lineups, Kimmich’s possible move this summer hinges on receiving a suitable offer and as of today, he has expressed a clear preference for joining one of five elite clubs: Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Real Madrid or Barcelona. 

Why did Real Madrid want Kimmich?

Among these, Real Madrid initially eyed him as a successor to the retiring Toni Kroos, valuing Kimmich’s adeptness in midfield.

However, the financial dynamics of the transfer market suggest that any potential deal for Kimmich would likely come at a reduced price from his estimated market value of €50 million. 

Real Madrid can sign Joshua Kimmich on a free transfer next year. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Real Madrid, seeking a dependable replacement for Kroos, initially considered Kimmich but have since appeared hesitant, possibly due to uncertainties surrounding the financial terms of his departure from Bayern.

Despite Real Madrid’s initial interest, it appears they are reevaluating their pursuit of Kimmich, perhaps acknowledging the complexities and costs involved in securing his services. 

There could be a belief that since signing him is not a priority, they can afford to see the market movements and if nothing materialises until the summer of 2025, they might approach the player if things are not working in their midfield.

In conclusion, Kimmich’s future at Bayern Munich is uncertain. With his contract running out in 2025 and his refusal to extend it, the Bavarians are compelled to consider selling him. 

The coming months will be crucial in determining where Kimmich will play next, with Bayern needing to decide whether to sell now or wait and possibly get less in the future.

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Real Madrid defender set to stay after requesting to see out his contract

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Real Madrid welcomed four players back from loan this summer: Reinier, Rafa Marin, Juanmi Latasa, and Jesus Vallejo and bid goodbye to Marin already, while the others are expected to evaluate their futures with the club.

Vallejo joined Real Madrid in 2015, but he has primarily played on loan at other teams, including Real Zaragoza, VfB Stuttgart, Wolves, and Granada twice.

Having concluded his third stint at Granada, the player is back in the Spanish capital and now seeks a resolution over his future.

Jesus Vallejo held a meeting with Real Madrid’s hierarchy

Indeed, according to AS, Jesus Vallejo recently met with Real Madrid and made a request to fulfill the final year of his contract.

The club has opted not to exert pressure, leaving his future in his own hands: whether he decides to leave or stay, they support his decision.

Jesus Vallejo did not play much at Granada. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

After all, Vallejo has been with the club for several years, and Real Madrid intends to honour the wishes of one of the players who have been at the club for the longest time.

The 27-year-old centre-back was a part of the Real Madrid squad in the 2021/2022 season and played sparingly.

But he proved to be a dependable option when called upon and enjoyed a memorable performance in the Champions League against Manchester City as a late substitute.

Due to Real Madrid’s options at the back and the potential signing of Leny Yoro, Vallejo is unlikely to find regular game time if he opts to stay put.

Despite managing just three appearances for relegated Granada last season due to an injury, Vallejo looks forward to putting his physical woes behind him and starting afresh.

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