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Real Madrid battling Barcelona, Liverpool, Man United, City in pursuit of €40m midfielder

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Gabri Veiga is enjoying a fine season at Celta Vigo, prompting some of the biggest clubs across Europe to take note. Real Madrid are understood to be hot on the trails of the 20-year-old midfielder, but have now been joined by arch-rivals Barcelona in pursuit, reports AS.

Apart from the two La Liga behemoths, Veiga is also attracting interest from Premier League bigwigs such as Liverpool, Manchester United, and Manchester City while German champions Bayern Munich are also in the picture.

Veiga has enjoyed a solid season so far, scoring nine goals and setting up four more from 29 La Liga matches. His performances have not gone unnoticed at the Santiago Bernabeu, who are said to be keeping a close eye on his development despite some reports suggesting otherwise.

But Veiga’s signing was always going to be tricky for Los Blancos as they are planning on renewing the likes of Dani Ceballos and Luka Modric while they continue to pursue the signing of Jude Bellingham.

But, as far as the Englishman’s case is concerned, while things are going well in talks on the player’s side, the same cannot be said about negotiations with Borussia Dortmund. The German outfit wants €150 million for Bellingham and including commissions and salary, the deal could rise to enormous amounts.

Meanwhile, Veiga would be available for just €40 million – the amount of his release clause – this summer, almost a fourth of what Bellingham would cost. So, even though their profiles are not entirely similar, Real Madrid are considering a swoop for the Celta Vigo ace.

The 20-year-old fits with their recent recruitment strategy of young talents at a reasonable price. However, the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Bayern Munich are all keen and have made contact with his entourage.

Now, Barcelona, too, have entered the fray and could look to sign Veiga if they are unable to re-sign Lionel Messi in the summer. It is claimed that club president Joan Laporta likes the 20-year-old and wants to beat Real Madrid to his signing.

Veiga is currently close to appointing Pini Zahavi as his new agent. The Israeli super-agent has good relationship with Barcelona having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last year. He also has a good equation with Real Madrid, having facilitated David Alaba’s move in 2021.

While Real Madrid are prioritising a move for Bellingham, they do not want to lose out on Veiga either, especially with the possibility that he might end up joining their arch-rivals for a reasonable fee. So, it remains to be seen how things evolve in this story in the coming weeks.

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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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