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Rayo Vallecano, Alaves favourites to sign Real Madrid centre-back prospect on loan

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Real Madrid Castilla stars are the talk of the town in the Spanish transfer market. The youngsters are in high demand after their incredible run with the Raul Gonzalez’s team last season as they look to turn a fresh page on their careers.

Sergio Arribas is arguably the one who has generated the most interest thus far, with Bayer Leverkusen joining the race with Sevilla, Real Betis and Girona to sign the star. Rafa Marin, however, promises to be a close contender in terms of interest generated.

Real Madrid may be opting for a permanent transfer with a buyback clause for most of their young stars this summer. However, reports yesterday highlighted that they did not wish to go down that route with Marin. The Spanish giants have faith in the youngster’s high ceiling and have only opened the doors for him to leave on loan.

And according to reports from Sergio Santos, Rayo Vallecano and Alaves are the favourites to sign the player on a short-term deal.

The 21-year-old is a centre-back by trade and was one of the pillars of Raul’s side last season. His young age and high ceiling make him the perfect candidate to take over the reins of defence in the long run for Real Madrid.

David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger are currently among Carlo Ancelotti’s trusted resources at centre-back but are both on the wrong side of 30. Considering that even Nacho Fernandez is on the same boat, Marin could be one to partner Eder Miliato in the long haul.

The prodigy’s contract with the Merengues runs out next summer and it is thus the club’s priority to renew his deal until 2025 or 2026. Only after the preliminary step will he be allowed to leave on loan.

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Real Madrid €25 million-rated ace receives offer from Arsenal – report

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is at a crossroads in his career, with several offers on the table, including one from Premier League club Arsenal, according to a report from Diario AS

It is understood that Lunin has grown tired of playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois at Real Madrid and he feels that his performance last season warrants more playing time and equal opportunities. 

Although he will start training with Real Madrid today, it does not guarantee his future at the club.

Real Madrid, on their part, have offered Lunin a contract renewal, which he has yet to respond to. The club has proposed a renewal that would extend his stay until 2029, but the 25-year-old is still unsure about committing.

However, his hesitation is fueled by advice from those close to him, who encourage him to seek opportunities outside of Real Madrid. 

The situation is complicated

Lunin’s situation is complicated. Despite having a contract that runs until 2025, he has received numerous offers, some quite attractive, such as the one from Arsenal. 

Arsenal are interested in signing Andriy Lunin. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

However, Lunin remains undecided about his next move. His uncertainty is understandable given the setbacks he has faced, such as Courtois securing the starting position in crucial matches like the one at Wembley in the UEFA Champions League final. 

Lunin had shone in games against Leipzig, Manchester, and Munich, earning praise for his performances, yet he still finds himself in Courtois’ shadow.

The dilemma Lunin faces is significant, as his decision will impact several stakeholders. If he decides to leave Real Madrid, the club will need to find a replacement, with Kepa Arrizabalaga being a potential candidate

On the other hand, if Lunin chooses to stay, Real Madrid have no plans to alter their treatment of him.

For now, everyone is eagerly awaiting Lunin’s decision. His future is hanging in the balance, with the potential to shift the dynamics at Real Madrid and affect his career trajectory significantly. 

Will he stay and continue to fight for his place, or will he seize a new opportunity with a different club, perhaps in the Premier League? Only time will tell, but one thing is clear: Lunin’s next move will be a pivotal moment in his career.

*Player valuation in title obtained from transfermarkt.com on date of publication

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