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Official: Real Madrid sign U18 right-back from Atletico

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For a long time, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid restrained from recruiting players from each other’s academy because of a theoretical ‘pact’ in place. However, that agreement seemingly came to a close last season after Los Blancos reportedly found their rivals scouting the Castilla.

Now, the Galacticos have officially announced the signing of one of Atletico Madrid’s academy players. Fifteen-year-old Jesus Fortea has joined Real Madrid from their local rivals and will play for the U-18 side next season as revealed on his official Instagram account.

This comes as big news as it is the first official transfer that breaks the pact of non-aggression between the two Madrid-based clubs after close to fifteen years. The non-aggression pact maintained that neither team would sign players from the other, either at the senior or the youth levels.

Fortea is one of Spain’s most talented young right-backs and has represented La Roja in the U-15 category. He began his career in Levante before moving to Atletico Madrid three years ago.

Yesterday, it was reported that seven academy players of Atletico had offered their services to Real Madrid in what is a big blow to Diego Simeone’s side. Moreover, the La Liga champions are confident of not losing any of their stars and now look to ruthlessly prey on their rivals’ academy.

It remains to be seen as to how Los Rojiblancos react to their neighbours’ move. However, this is certainly not a sign of good things to come and one could expect it to end in a series of animous transfers.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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