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Bayer Leverkusen set €100 million price tag on Real Madrid target

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Real Madrid are planning for a blockbuster summer transfer window in the coming months, with several star signings expected to light up the Santiago Bernabeu. While negotiations with certain targets like Kylian Mbappe are close to being completed, some targets remain in the scouting phase. One such young talent is Moussa Diaby.

The Bayer Leverkusen forward has taken Bundesliga by storm this season, leading the charge for his team. He has recorded 15 goals and nine assists across all competitions for the German side, making him one of the most sought after forwards in world football.

Real Madrid see the 22-year-old as the missing piece in their puzzle. Los Blancos wish to reinforce their squad with dynamic wingers, and Diaby is one of the best in the business.

According to reports from L’Equipe, as relayed via Fichajes, Bayer Leverkusen have slapped a price of €100 million against his name to deter any interested parties.

The German side do not want to lose their star for a low price, and the nine-digit figure is seen as a fair price in the inflated market.

It would be difficult to imagine Real Madrid shelling out such a large amount for one player when they have multiple positions to reinforce. Moreover, the arrival of Mbappe, coupled with Vinicius Jr’s incredible form, may make Diaby’s signing less of a necessity for Florentino Perez’s team.

In 23 league starts this season, the Frenchman averages two shots and 1.6 key passes per game. He has created ten big chances and missed three during the same duration.

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Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”

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Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.

Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.

The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.

But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.

“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.

Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.

The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.

Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.

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