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Liverpool leading race to sign €40 million Real Madrid midfield target – report

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This past weekend, reports emerged claiming that despite prioritising the signing of Jude Bellingham this summer, Real Madrid intended to sign Gabri Veiga as well from Celta Vigo. The plan, in that case, would be to loan out the young Spaniard for the next season.

However, as per a fresh report from Teamtalk, Liverpool have stolen a march over Real Madrid and other suitors in the race to sign Veiga in the summer.

Having dropped out of the race to sign Bellingham due to the finances involved, the Reds are now keen to exact revenge on Real Madrid by beating them to the punch in the battle for Veiga.

The 20-year-old midfielder has had an explosive breakthrough campaign in La Liga, scoring nine goals and setting up four more in 32 matches.

It put him on the radars of Real Madrid as Veiga fits the profile of players that the reigning European champions have recruited in recent times.

So, even though they are closing in on landing Bellingham, Veiga has been an option on the agenda at the Valdebebas. It has even been claimed that the Merengues plan to offer €30 million for him, even though he has a €40 million release clause in his contract.

However, Liverpool are pushing to sign Veiga from the Galician outfit and would be prepared to pay his €40 million release clause in full if needed to ensure that they come out on top.

It remains to be seen if Real Madrid are ready to push further in their race for Veiga or whether Liverpool end up triumphing in that battle. With clubs like Arsenal, Manchester City, and Manchester United also understood to be in the race, only time will tell where he ends up.

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Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender

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With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.

A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.

While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.

Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez

Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.

The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.

As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.

So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.

Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.

Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.

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