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Real Madrid, Barcelona in El Clasico battle for 19-year-old midfielder

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Real Madrid’s links with Gabri Veiga has been well-documented this year, with the Spanish giants reportedly targeting the Celta Vigo starlet as a potential reinforcement in the midfield department.

However, according to Oscar Mendez, Veiga is not the only Celta Vigo player Real Madrid are targeting ahead of the new season. The Spanish journalist points out that the club are also tracking the progress of Hugo Sotelo.

A central midfielder by trade, Sotelo currently plies his trade with Celta’s subsidiary squad. Although he has featured in just one La Liga match so far this season, the youngster has made a tremendous impact for the reserve squad.

He has featured prominently in midfield, showcasing his technical prowess and ability in possession. His performances have not gotten unnoticed, with Barcelona and Real Madrid both keeping close tabs on his development.

However, the report points out that Celta Vigo are not too keen on offloading their prized asset. The club consider the player quite highly and believe he has what it takes to become an asset for the team in the years to come.

Celta Vigo, therefore, will refer to the youngster’s release clause of €10 million to any suitors. The club believe neither Barcelona nor Real Madrid will want to pay that much amount for a player who would join the subsidiary squad, especially under the current market circumstances.

Furthermore, the Galician outfit is planning to offer him a new contract this summer, which will see his release clause amount raised to €20 million initially and to a higher value after a certain period.

It appears Celta Vigo’s primary plan is to nurture Sotelo and make him follow in the footsteps of Veiga, which in turn, could significantly increase his valuation. Only then, the club may consider his exit.

But for now, Real Madrid and Barcelona have no option but to continue monitoring the youngster’s development in Vigo.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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