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Real Betis interested in signing €10 million-rated Real Madrid target in January



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According to journalist Sergio Santos, Real Betis have set their sights on a move for Rayo Vallecano left-back Fran Garcia, who also has admirers at his former club Real Madrid.

The left-back came through the youth ranks at Real Madrid and made one solitary senior appearance before leaving for greener pastures in 2020. After spending a year on loan at Rayo Vallecano, he made the transfer permanent and has thrived.

Garcia has racked up 98 appearances for Vallecano, bagging three goals and eight assists. He has made a great impression over the past eighteen months in La Liga.

So much so that, Real Madrid are considering re-signing him in the summer of 2023. Indeed, it has been reported that manager Carlo Ancelotti and several officials at the club admire the 23-year-old left-back and want him back at the Bernabeu next summer.

However, they are now set to face competition from Real Betis, who are also interested in signing Garcia this month itself.

The Verdiblancos have identified the defender as a target if Alex Moreno leaves, amidst interest from Aston Villa. Betis see Garcia’s €10 million release clause as feasible financially but the operation will be difficult to pull off.

For starters, Garcia is an integral part of Andoni Iraola’s plans at Rayo Vallecano and they will be reluctant to let him leave midway through the campaign.

On top of that, Real Madrid still own 50% of the 23-year-old’s rights and have the first refusal on him, meaning Real Betis will also have to speak to Los Blancos if they wish to press ahead with Garcia’s signing.

That is where problems could arise as Real Madrid could be reluctant to see Garcia join a different club this month when they plan to sign him in the summer. So, it will be a complex operation for Real Betis, but they are ready to make efforts to acquire his services.

If the move does not go through, Los Blancos can sign him for €5 million in the summer – half of his release clause amount – as they own 50% of his rights.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash



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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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