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Benfica are no longer interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder



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Just last week Reinier Jesus was reported to have garnered attention from SL Benfica for a loan move. However, O Jogo, as relayed by Foot Mercato, now reports that the Portuguese club have changed their minds regarding their position on the Brazilian’s loan move.

Jesus has not had the best of times at Real Madrid after his transfer to the Spanish capital from Flamengo in 2020. Having not played a single game for the senior team, the 20-year-old was loaned out to Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund on a 2-year deal.

Having not made any sort of positive impact with the Bundesliga runners-up, the Brazilian is back at Real and back on the loan list. Lisbon-based ‘Record’ and ‘UOL Esporte’ both claimed last week that Benfica was interested in negotiating a loan deal for the Brazilian playmaker.

The interest was confirmed when Reinier Jesus’ father publicly spoke about a potential deal: “My son is very excited and enthusiastic, when a club the size of Benfica wants you, it is impossible to be happy,” he told Record.

However, it seems the loan deal has fallen through as Real Madrid did not agree with some of the terms that Benfica was looking at. Benfica had been looking to include an affordable purchase option and a split on the salary of the player.

Even though Real Valladolid and Roma have expressed interest, no team has formally made an offer as of yet. Madrid is reportedly just seeking to provide a one-year dry loan and would be ready to cover a portion of Reinier’s €3 million salary.

According to AS, the player would love to remain in Spain and is considering joining Real Valladolid. It still remains to be seen whether Valladolid’s interest in him bears any fruit, or will be just another rumour that dries away with time.

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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January



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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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