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Manchester United leading Real Madrid in the race for €120 million-rated midfielder



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Enzo Fernandez has become one of the most sought-after players in Europe following his blazing performances in the FIFA World Cup.

The midfielder indeed played a key role in helping Argentina secure the coveted title for the first time since 1986. He was subsequently named the Best Young Player in the tournament, which has led to widespread speculation over his future.

Real Madrid are thought to be one of the clubs interested in the services of Fernandez. The reigning European champions are in desperate need of midfield reinforcements next season as they look to add long-term replacements for the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

But if reports from UOL are to be believed, it is Manchester United who are leading the chase to sign Fernandez.

The report suggests that the Red Devils are keeping close track of Fernandez’s future and want to snap him up at the earliest possible.

Manchester United, for one, are already prepared to fork out a fee of around €120 million for the young Argentine – his release clause amount. It appears coach Erik ten Hag is desperate to add some quality in the middle of the park, with Fernandez emerging as the ideal solution.

With Man United ready to break the bank for the Argentine, they are leading Liverpool and Real Madrid in the chase, with the latter unlikely to spend such a fortune in the January transfer window.

Real Madrid, though, are expected to splash the cash for Jude Bellingham in 2023, with the Englishman being identified as the ideal long-term replacement for Modric.

But even here, the Whites could face stiff competition from Liverpool, who also consider the Borussia Dortmund starlet as one of their top targets at the end of the season.

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Key Real Madrid star will be fit for Valladolid clash despite national team withdrawal



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Real Madrid have been greeted with some positive news on the injury front as goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is expected to be fit and ready for the upcoming La Liga clash against Real Valladolid.

The 30-year-old custodian had flown away for national team duty with Belgium and played the full game against Sweden last week. However, the Real Madrid ace was sent back to the club over the weekend due to a minor adductor strain.

This raised concerns over the former Chelsea star’s condition, especially with a busy period lying ahead for the Merengues.

However, Mario Cortegana of The Athletic has eased any nerves surrounding his situation, reporting that Courtois was subjected to tests upon returning to Spain and there is no reason for worry.

The report states that Real Madrid expect their No. 1 to be fit and available for their next game which will be against Real Valladolid in La Liga on April 2, Sunday.

It is further stated that the knock Courtois sustained was not a new one and that the 30-year-old had felt discomfort in the same area during Los Blancos’ UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second-leg tie against Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this month.

Courtois has featured 32 times across all competitions this term, having missed a few matches due to fitness issues. He has managed just ten clean sheets and will be hoping to add to that against Valladolid, now that is reportedly fit to feature at the weekend.

In another boost, reports earlier today indicated that Toni Kroos does not have any injury after concerns were raised due to the midfielder doing individual training sessions over the past week.

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