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Manchester United weighing up €80 million summer move for Real Madrid mainstay



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Manchester United raided Real Madrid for the signing of Casemiro last summer, but they also had their eyes on another midfielder in Federico Valverde.

And, according to English sources, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo, Manchester United are considering making another attempt to sign Valverde from Real Madrid in the next summer window.

The Red Devils are on the lookout for another midfielder heading into the summer and have been linked with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong relentlessly. They have also held an interest in Real Madrid target Jude Bellingham, although that move looks unlikely to happen.

It has seemingly led to them turning their interest towards Valverde.

The Uruguayan international has established himself as one of the best performers at Real Madrid, although his form has declined after the World Cup break. Nevertheless, he remains a key cog in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.

In 30 games this season, the 24-year-old has netted eight goals and set up four more for his teammates across all competitions.

As per the report, Manchester United have set aside a sum of €80 million which they plan to invest in Valverde, although that amount is unlikely to be enough to prise away the midfielder from Real Madrid.

The Merengues handed the midfielder a long-term contract until 2027 which comes with a massive €1 billion release clause.

Valverde is considered an essential member of the team and it is unlikely that Real Madrid will consider any offers for him in the summer, especially at a time when they will have to transition from the ageing duo of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

Despite the interest from Manchester United, a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer looks like a distant possibility for Valverde.

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Manchester City join race to sign €40 million-rated Real Madrid target



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Manchester City have now joined the ever-growing list of admirers for Celta Vigo midfielder and Real Madrid target Gabri Veiga, reports Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail.

The 20-year-old midfielder has emerged as one of the breakout stars of La Liga this season, having impressed with his goalscoring abilities from the centre of the park. Indeed, the youngster has notched up nine goals in La Liga and his exploits have made the giants of Europe sit up and take notice.

Real Madrid are said to be interested in Veiga’s services heading into the summer. The Merengues have Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Dani Ceballos on expiring contracts and it is unlikely that all three will be renewed, especially with Jude Bellingham being on the agenda.

In case of Modric and Kroos, even if they stay, it will likely be for only a season at the most. Hence, Los Blancos could require more than one central midfielder come summer, with Veiga emerging as an option.

The 20-year-old was also attracting interest from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid. Now, Manchester City have also jumped on the bandwagon of clubs interested in Veiga’s services.

The Cityzens, who are battling Real Madrid for Bellingham as well, are set to lose Ilkay Gundogan in the summer when his contract expires. Meanwhile, Bernardo Silva’s future is also far from certain, thus necessitating the signing of another midfielder.

Veiga has a release clause worth €40 million in his contract with Celta Vigo, which should not be a problem for either Real Madrid or Manchester City.

Celta Vigo president Carlos Mourino recently admitted that the midfielder could leave the club in the summer, saying:

“We don’t want to sell Gabri Veiga, but they are going to buy him from us. And we can’t do anything there. We know some of his offers and it is impossible to reach them.

“There are several teams behind Gabri. Real Madrid? They haven’t asked us, we don’t know if they will have called the player. Of the top 10 in the Premier League, four have asked about him.”

It will certainly be interesting to see whether Real Madrid are prepared to go all out for Veiga’s signing or decide to entirely focus on their pursuit of Bellingham.

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