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Mallorca, Almeria leading race to sign Real 21-year-old Madrid academy whizkid

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Sergio Arribas is the one player from Real Madrid Castilla for whom the list of suitors only increases with every passing day.

The youngster is one of the most in-demand commodities on the transfer market, especially given that the club have no place for him in the first-team setup under Carlo Ancelotti.

According to reports from Rodra, La Liga clubs RCD Mallorca and UD Almeria are currently the best placed to sign the talented midfielder. Amongst other options, the player has offers from Sevilla and the Bundesliga.

Real Madrid’s demands

Los Blancos are aware of Arribas’ talent, and his departure is seen as a big blow for the club. However, there does not appear to be another way out.

In Luka Modric, Jude Bellingham, Dani Ceballos, Brahim Diaz, and Arda Güler, Ancelotti has rich resources at his disposal for the upcoming campaign for the attacking midfield position.

It would be seemingly impossible to add Arribas to the list and guarantee him minutes, which is a must for his development

That said, the management still wish to maintain some control over his future. Real Madrid thus offer only 50% of the player’s rights and demand a sum of €10 million in exchange.

A special talent

What next for Arribas? (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Arribas was one of the Castilla side’s most pioneering forces last season and merits a large part of the credit for their spectacular run.

The midfielder finished as the top-scorer for his side last season, finding the back of the net 20 times in 36 appearances across all competitions. He even played three games for the first team in the 2022-23 campaign, scoring one goal.

A move to a first-division team would guarantee Arribas regular participation at the highest level and boost his development.

While Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso is pushing for the youngster to move to Germany, a transfer within Spain is likely.

Mallorca see the 21-year-old to be a replacement for the recently departed Kang-in Lee, while Almeria hope to build their midfield around his profile. Yet, it remains to be seen if either party is willing to meet Real Madrid’s economic demands.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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