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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico closely monitoring 16-year-old Spanish prodigy

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Despite a relatively strong start to the new season, Real Madrid are facing a potential crisis ahead of a crucial December period.

The club have lost both Vinicius Junior and Eduardo Camavinga through injuries during the international break while several other stars are already sidelined.

This has led many to believe that Real Madrid might reconsider their options as we approach the January transfer window.

While it is unclear if there will be any moves made to reinforce the first team, Los Blancos continue to track the market for the next up and coming young talents.

Real Madrid keeping tabs on Victor Fernandez

According to a recent report from Jorge Picon, one of the players Real Madrid are targeting is Victor, the son of legendary Real Valladolid striker Victor Fernandez.

Aged just 16, Victor has earned plaudits for his performances at the youth level. He currently represents the Real Valladolid youth side but made his debut for the reserve during the preseason.

An attacking midfielder by trade, Victor has been courted highly by Alvaro Arbeloa, the former right-back who is currently the coach of the Real Madrid U19 squad.

Ancelotti requires reinforcements in the attacking unit (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Arbeloa has seen Victor live on multiple occasions and wants to sign the youngster as soon as possible.

A favourable situation at Valladolid

Being 16 years old, Victor is eligible to sign a new contract at Real Valladolid. The club are keen on extending the youngster’s contract but the new deal has not come as of yet.

Until the new contract comes, Victor is free to sign for whichever team he desires, which creates an excellent market opportunity for Real Madrid.

The Spanish giants, though, are not alone in the race to sign the young forward. Along with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are keeping close tabs on the teenage sensation.

It must also be noted that Victor has a close relationship with Real Valladolid, especially with his father playing a key role in dictating the team’s youth development and methodology.

So it remains to be seen whether or not Victor takes the next step in his career just yet.

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Real Madrid will begin renewal talks with key duo in coming weeks – report

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According to transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are shifting its focus towards securing new contracts for key players Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy in the upcoming weeks.

Both Carvajal and Mendy have contracts that are set to expire in 2025. While there have been some challenges regarding Mendy’s future, Real Madrid have remained clear about their intentions for the Euro 2024 winner.

Over the past year, Carvajal has had an impressive run, adding three more trophies to his collection with Real Madrid, including the Euro 2024 championship. 

Interestingly, he is currently not overly concerned about his future. He hasn’t been thinking much about his contract extension, with the last major news about it surfacing about a month ago.

“At the moment I’m not thinking about leaving Madrid, far from it. My subjective perception is that the day I can’t contribute what I can contribute, I’ll take a step aside,” he said a few weeks back.

Ferland Mendy is closer to staying

Carlo Ancelotti wants Ferland Mendy to continue. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Mendy’s future at Real Madrid seemed uncertain due to rumours that he might be replaced by Alphonso Davies. 

However, Carlo Ancelotti has shown an unusually strong preference for retaining Mendy. The manager has made it clear that he wants Mendy to stay. 

He has praised Mendy’s skills and performances throughout the past season, making it evident that he sees Mendy as a crucial part of his strategy.

At present, there is a significant concern within the team that if an agreement is not reached by next summer, Mendy could leave the club on a free transfer. This scenario is something Real Madrid are keen to avoid.

As Real Madrid move forward with these contract negotiations, the focus remains on securing the futures of both Carvajal and Mendy, ensuring that they continue to contribute to the club’s success in the years to come.

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