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€120 million Real Madrid target responds to future speculations: “I don’t know”

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Following a successful FIFA World Cup campaign with Argentina, Enzo Fernandez has become a wanted commodity in the transfer market.

The 21-year-old midfielder was named the Young Player of the Tournament in Qatar for his exploits for the world champions. Prior to that, Fernandez had made a major impression with his performances for SL Benfica, having joined the club in the summer from River Plate.

In 24 appearances for the Portuguese giants, he has scored three goals and set up five more for his teammates.

The young midfielder’s exploits have put him on the radars of top clubs like Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, PSG, and Liverpool.

Real Madrid, for their part, are viewing Fernandez as a Plan B in case their pursuit of primary midfield target Jude Bellingham falls through.

In a recent interview, Fernandez was asked about the interest that he is generating from top teams across Europe. Responding to it, the 21-year-old World Cup winner insisted that his agents were handling everything and that he is focused on playing for Benfica.

“I don’t know about my future or proposals, that’s what my representative is taking care of. I don’t want to get into the subject. I am focused on Benfica, we have a game on Friday,” Fernandez said (h/t Fabrizio Romano).

As iterated earlier, Real Madrid see Fernandez as an alternative to Bellingham, who remains their priority. But if the Englishman chooses a move to the Premier League, Los Blancos could make a move for the World Cup breakout star.

Signing the Argentine international will not be cheap, however, with Benfica demanding that his full release clause worth €120 million be paid by any suitors.

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of 18-year-old prodigy dependent on captain’s future – report

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Real Madrid will step up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro if Nacho decides to leave the club, according to a report by Agustin Martin in AS.

The situation surrounding Nacho is becoming increasingly uncertain. While he has received a lucrative offer from Al Ittihad, the move has reportedly hit a roadblock.

It is said that Nacho feels that his role in the team has not progressed under coach Ancelotti and his absence from the starting lineup in important matches, like the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester City and the Clasico has made him consider leaving the club. 

Furthermore, the recoveries of Eder Militao and David Alaba, along with the presence of Antonio Rudiger and the potential return of Rafa Marin have also influenced his thoughts about his future.

Nacho is aware of market movements

Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it is not just his teammates’ presence that has made Nacho think about leaving. There are strong rumours about Real Madrid signing Leny Yoro as well. 

The plan is to sign Yoro either this summer and possibly loan him out if Nacho stays, or in 2025 to join the first team. 

If Nacho decides to leave, it would pave the way for Yoro to join immediately. This decision depends on Nacho’s willingness to stay for another year or take up one of the offers he has received. 

This means the potential signing of Yoro hinges on Nacho’s decision. If the club captain chooses to leave, Yoro could join Real Madrid this year or next. 

For what it is worth, Yoro would strengthen a defensive lineup where most players, except for Militao and possibly Rafa Marín, are over thirty years old. But for this to happen, Nacho must decide whether to stay at Real Madrid or open the door for Yoro’s arrival.

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