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Real Madrid and Barcelona in transfer war for German prodigy

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According to SPORT, Real Madrid are set to rival Barcelona in pursuit of 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund striker Youssoufa Moukoko in the summer transfer window of 2023.

The teenage centre-forward has been one of Dortmund’s best performers in the ongoing campaign, having managed to produce a tally of six goals and six assists in all competitions. His form has earned him a call-up to the German national team for the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Indeed, Moukoko seems all set to make his senior debut for Die Mannschaft when they face Japan in Group E tomorrow.

And his progress has not gone unnoticed, with several top clubs from across Europe, including Barcelona and Real Madrid vying for his signing.

Los Blancos have no natural backup for Karim Benzema in the squad currently, with Mariano Diaz out of favour. Rodrygo Goes has performed well when deployed centrally but Real Madrid will need to bring in an understudy for Benzema at least in the summer if not in January.

Moukoko, to that end, can be a top signing considering the potential and promise he has shown. What makes him an even more attractive prospect is that the 18-year-old is in the final year of his contract and will be available for a free transfer in 2023.

But, Real Madrid will have to face competition from bitter rivals Barcelona, who are also intent on signing the young striker.

At the same time, the possibility of him prolonging his stay at Signal Iduna Park is not off the table either.

“I will make my decision at the right time. I feel very happy in Dortmund and I know that Edin Terzić trusts me. You will already know if I decide to stay at Dortmund or not,” Moukoko had said in a recent interview.

With PSG seemingly stealing a march over Real Madrid in the race for Endrick, signing Moukoko could prove to be a smart move as he would not only arrive for free but would also join the club in 2023 itself.

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Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender

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With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.

A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.

While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.

Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez

Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.

The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.

As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.

So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.

Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.

Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.

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