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Real Madrid, Barcelona ‘very interested’ in midfield star with €120 million release clause

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Argentina marched to a strong 2-0 win over Poland in their final group-stage match on Wednesday in what was a one-sided affair. It was La Albiceleste’s best performance in the tournament so far and came with several changes in the lineup by Lionel Scaloni.

One player who received a first start on the night was young Enzo Fernandez. The SL Benfica midfielder played a vital cameo and scored the all-important second goal for his nation against Mexico, had earned the right to start Wednesday’s clash.

According to reports from TyC Sports, Real Madrid and Barcelona are both very interested in Fernandez’s signing and are contemplating the possibility of recruiting him in the coming windows. 

In just three games for Argentina in the World Cup so far, the 21-year-old already has one goal and an assist to his name. He also averages over seven defensive actions per game whilst simultaneously posing a constant threat to the opposition’s goal.

Furthermore, Enzo Fernandez also has a goal and three assists in 13 games in league appearances for Benfica this season.

With Benfica having a good run in both the UEFA Champions League and their domestic competition, a move for one of their star players will not come cheap. Moreover, the inflation in price because of the World Cup is a factor one must account for.

All said the Portuguese side have protected the 21-year-old with a massive €120 million release clause. It remains to be seen if Real Madrid are willing to shell out such a premium given that Jude Bellingham is on their radar too.

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Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club

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In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.

But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.

It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.

Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.

And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.

Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.

The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.

Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.

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