During the final week of the transfer window, Real Madrid were reportedly running the risk of losing Federico Valverde. The star midfielder was courted by Premier League giants Liverpool, who had become desperate to sign a midfielder late in the market.
There were even suggestions of Liverpool making a record transfer bid of around £80 million (€93 million) to Real Madrid for the services of Valverde on deadline day.
However, according to 90 Min, sources from both the clubs have played down such suggestions. Liverpool had made no official attempts to sign Valverde on deadline day, though they remain very much interested in the player.
The Uruguayan international is indeed one of the players being closely followed by the Liverpool hierarchy as the midfielder has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence in recent years.
Having featured in 155 competitive matches for Los Blancos, Valverde is regarded as the future of the Real Madrid midfield, especially with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric currently in the final phase of their respective careers.
Although there is significant competition within the midfield ranks at Madrid, many expect Valverde to become the face of the club’s second line of press in the years to come.
His importance in the team has been evident in the current season as well, with the player notably starring in the recent win over Mallorca, scoring a wonderful goal in the first half.
The report from 90 Min suggests Liverpool had only made last-minute contacts with intermediaries, exploring the possibility of a move, with there being no direct contact between the two clubs.
While the Reds may try to get their hands on Valverde in the future, Real Madrid are confident of keeping hold of the 24-year-old.
The midfielder, after all, still has five years remaining on his current deal at Santiago Bernabeu. The value of his release clause also stands at a whopping €1 billion, meaning interested parties such as Liverpool may have to splash a fortune if they are to attain his services anytime soon.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.