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La Liga club president confirms Real Madrid have not asked about 20-year-old midfielder



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President of Celta Vigo, Carlos Mouriño, has admitted that retaining Real Madrid target Gabri Veiga in the summer is going to be an impossible task for the team.

Veiga, 20, has been one of the breakout stars in La Liga this season, with the attacking midfielder scoring nine goals and providing three assists in 25 league games.

Thanks to an impressive tally, the 20-year-old has attracted interest from several top teams and Real Madrid happen to be one of them. 

It said that Veiga has a release clause of €40 million in his current Celta contract, which runs until 2026, and Madrid are more than happy to buy him out.

As it turns out, Mouriño has affirmed that while his player has attracted several bids from abroad, Madrid have made no such move as of today. 

“There are several teams behind Gabri. Real Madrid? They haven’t asked us, we don’t know if they will have called the player,” said Mouriño as per Mundo Deportivo.

The Celta president also revealed that four of the top 10 teams from the English Premier League have made an enquiry about the youngster in recent times. “Of the top 10 in the Premier, four have asked about him,” he added.

Celta are standing firm in their decision; they do not want to part ways with the player. At the same time, though, they do understand that there is a release clause and if someone decides to activate it, it will be upto the player to decide.

“We do not want to sell Gabri Veiga, but they are going to buy him from us. And there is nothing we can do about it. 

“We know some of the offers [he has received] and it is impossible to get there. 

“For us, and to make it clear, he is not for sale. We have nothing to negotiate with anyone. We refer to the clause. The decision is Gabri’s, he will play wherever he wants,” added Mouriño.

It is believed that Celta are trying to persuade the player into signing a new deal which would increase his release clause. If that is done, Madrid will simply withdraw from the race as they do not want to enter into an auction. 

For now, the player prefers to stay in Spain and for that, a move to Madrid is very much appreciated than travelling to the Premier League. For that, though, his release clause of €40 million must not increase.

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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