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Just in: Real Madrid striker set to join La Liga rivals on loan

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Real Madrid prospect Juanmi Latasa has decided to join fellow La Liga club Getafe on a season-long loan deal reports MARCA. The Azulones will have the option of purchase at the end of the season, with Los Blancos having a right to retain 50% of his rights.

Latasa has been part of the Real Madrid setup for six years now. The 21-year-old striker has been extremely impressive for the club’s Castilla outfit, bagging 18 goals in 50 matches so far for Raul Gonzalez’s side.

The young Spanish prospect made his senior debut for the Merengues in May earlier this year, coming on as a substitute in a La Liga clash against Cadiz.

Despite Real Madrid running short of strikers in the first-team setup, Carlo Ancelotti does not see Latasa as part of his plans, leading to the youngster looking for a way out in search of senior football.

Latasa was attracting interest from several clubs, including Rayo Vallecano. However, it seems like he has opted to sign for Getafe instead.

The operation will be a season-long loan deal with Quique Sanchez Flores’ side retaining the option of making the switch permanent next summer.

Should the transfer go ahead as expected, Latasa will become the second Real Madrid striker to move to Getafe this summer, following in the footsteps of another academy graduate in the form of Borja Mayoral.

Apart from Latasa, there could be more exits from Real Madrid in the coming days, with Mariano Diaz linked with a departure while Marco Asensio is gathering interest from clubs in the Premier League. Alvaro Odriozola is another player that Los Blancos are hoping to get rid of.

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Real Madrid closely following the progress of 19-year-old Brazilian centre-back

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Real Madrid have made it a habit to identify and sign the best young talents from Brazil in recent times. The Merengues recently signed Endrick Felipe from Palmeiras, although the striker will join the club in 2024, once he turns 18 years old.

Now, according to journalist Bruno Andrade on UOL Esporte, Real Madrid have set their sights on 19-year-old Brazilian defender Robert Renan.

The teenage centre-half came through the ranks at Corinthians and went on to make 13 senior appearances for the Brazilian outfit. He left the club last month to sign for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg as part of the operation involving Yuri Alberto.

Renan is yet to make his debut for Zenit, but Real Madrid have had their eyes on the 19-year-old for a while now and have been closely following his progress and performances.

The teenage defender is currently a part of the Brazil U-20 team at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia. And he has performed admirably in the tournament, featuring in each of his team’s five matches so far.

Renan’s performances in the U-20 Championship are said to have further piqued the interest of Real Madrid.

The report suggests that Los Blancos will continue keeping tabs on the young defender’s development at Zenit over the coming months.

With Nacho Fernandez’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Jesus Vallejo’s future uncertain as well, Real Madrid could use a defensive reinforcement in the summer to support Eder Militao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger.

Established players such as Josko Gvardiol have been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.

Renan, too, could be an option for Real Madrid in the summer. But, as things stand, the interest in the Brazilian is at a very nascent stage and the Merengues will continue to track his progress at Zenit, where his contract runs until 2028.

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