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Juventus interested in Real Madrid veteran for next season, but salary an issue – report

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Lucas Vazquez is one of the Real Madrid players whose current contract with the club stands to expire at the end of the ongoing season.

The 32-year-old has been a reliable player for Los Blancos for years now without having been a regular starter.

But given his contract situation and role within the team, clubs are likely to try and sign him up in the summer of 2024.

Juventus remain interested

Indeed, as per Tutto Juve in Italy, Juventus have retained their interest in Lucas Vazquez and would be interested in signing the Real Madrid right-back for next season.

The Bianconeri were linked with the Spanish winger-cum-right-back during the summer last year as well and have continued to admire his talent and quality.

With the team needing more experience and proven pedigree in the squad without having to spend heavily, Vazquez has emerged as a viable target for Juve.

However, as per the report, the 32-year-old Spaniard’s wages would be an issue for the Italian heavyweights, casting aspersions over the possibility of a transfer.

Renewal not entirely off the table

While Vazquez’s contract expires in under six months, the veteran right-back has proven in recent weeks that he can still offer something of value to the team.

Indeed, during the absence of Dani Carvajal through injury in the matches before the Christmas break, Vazquez stepped in admirably, even scoring the match-winning goal against Alaves last month.

As such, the possibility of Vazquez receiving a new contract from Real Madrid is not entirely off the table at this point.

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Real Madrid star unlikely to travel to London with the rest of the squad

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Real Madrid will be on their way to England this Thursday as they gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The players and the staff will be on a flight to London tomorrow to prepare for the clash at Wembley.

However, according to a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin might not travel with the rest of the team tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper has not trained for three days in a row after coming down with the flu.

Lunin has overcome the flu, but he still has the virus and there is still a chance he could be contagious.

Lunin will not travel with the rest of the team. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid, aware of the importance of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, are considering leaving the Ukrainian behind to avoid any possible contagion ahead of the Champions League final.

The goalkeeper will likely not travel with the rest of the expedition to London on Thursday and will fly alone on Saturday to avoid the risk of infection.

On Thursday, Lunin will undergo another check-up and, depending on the viral load, he could even travel on Friday. But it seems impossible for him to travel with his teammates.

It has already been suggested that Lunin would be making way for Thibaut Courtois in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The likelihood of that has increased following the events of this week.

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