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Real Madrid, Barcelona rivalled by Premier League club in pursuit of Spanish prodigy



Alberto Moleiro
Photo Courtesy: Las Palmas official website

Alberto Moleiro has emerged as a talked-about figure in Spanish football recently, following his rapid breakthrough at Las Palmas.

An attacking midfielder by trade, the 19-year-old has racked up 65 competitive appearances for Las Palmas since making his breakthrough last season. His five assists this season has been critical in helping his team remain on top of La Liga Smartbank table so far.

Moleiro’s performances have not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid among the clubs interested in his services. Barcelona, too, have been linked with a move for the young playmaker, whose current deal at Las Palmas expires in 2026.

But according to AS, the Spanish giants are set to face stiff competition in the race to sign Moleiro, as Aston Villa, too, are considering a move for the Spaniard.

The club’s new coach Unai Emery is well aware of the 19-year-old’s rapid growth in Spain and wants to incorporate him as part of his team in the current January transfer window. Aston Villa’s interest in Moleiro comes amid rumours swirling around Philippe Coutinho’s future.

Reports suggest Aston Villa are considering selling the Brazilian, who joined from Barcelona on a permanent deal last summer. Coutinho’s exit from Aston Villa could pave the way for the club to sign Alberto Moleiro, who primarily likes to feature in the number ten position.

Luring the teenage prospect away from Villa Park could be a costly affair, though, with the player having a release clause worth €30 million. The figure could rise up to €60 million if Las Palmas get promoted to La Liga by the end of the season.

Therefore, interested parties such as Aston Villa and even Real Madrid might look to snap up Moleiro in the ongoing January window rather than paying the extra fortune in the summer.

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€40 million midfielder prefers a move to Real Madrid over Premier League clubs – report



The race for Jude Bellingham has become tightly contested in recent weeks. Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid all pursue the Borussia Dortmund star closely and hope to win his signing come June.

Given the heavy competition, it is natural that the clubs have alternative names on their tables. One such name on the radars of the aforementioned clubs is Celta Vigo’s Gabri Veiga.

The La Liga midfielder has offers from the Premier League for the summer. However, SER reports that the player has asked Real Madrid if they will match the offer from England and has displayed his interest in joining the club.

Veiga’s release clause with Celta Vigo is valued at €40 million. If the Merengues can match such a valuation, either through direct means or player exchanges, the young phenom will don white next season.

Real Madrid have followed Veiga’s profile for a while now and have made their interest in his signing known to his environment. Yet, the Spanish outlet also adds that Veiga’s potential arrival in June would not close the doors for Jude Bellingham’s signing.

Rafa Marin of Real Madrid Castilla is a player who interests Celta Vigo, and unsurprisingly is one of the names on Los Blancos’ table to utilise in a swap deal for Veiga. Yet, it is safe to say that talks of a player exchange are in a rudimentary stage.

The 20-year-old Spanish phenom has lit up La Liga this season. In 25 appearances for Celta Vigo this season, he has scored nine goals and provided three assists. He averages close to one key pass per game and has created five big chances in his league campaign.

With Los Blancos unwilling to let go of Bellingham’s pursuit irrespective of Veiga’s signing, the question will boil down to the financial leeway the Merengues have and whether they can afford to shell out €40 million in addition to the Englishman’s fee.

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