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Real Madrid among the clubs interested in signing teenage centre-back from England

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Real Madrid’s administration and scouting department see no rest as they burn the midnight lamp looking for new additions to strengthen the squad. Mundo Deportivo report that another young talent has fallen on the radars of Los Blancos scouts and that the club are interested in signing the youngster.

The player in question is Charlie O’Connell, a 19-year-old defender from Peterborough United. The teenager is in the final year of his deal in England and has refused to sign an extension because of the interest of several top clubs in his services.

The Spanish outlet further reveal that clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are in the running to sign O’Connell, with Peterborough manager Grant McCann saying as much.

The manager spoke about the defender’s situation earlier this week and the reason why he did not want to renew at the club, saying:

“It has been a few disappointing months for him. We offered him a new four-and-a-half-year contract almost immediately after the match against Plymouth, but unfortunately, Charlie is not going to sign.

“Obviously, his agent has told him that Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich are behind him.”

As it stands, O’Connell will not play again for the English side until he sits down and discusses a renewal.

However, with just over 7 months left for the summer transfer window, one would expect him to run down his contract and use his status as a free agent to sign for the club of his liking.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images

Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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