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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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Ancelotti sets a target for Real Madrid to achieve before facing Barcelona in La Liga

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Real Madrid are currently the frontrunners to win the La Liga title this season, having established a solid lead atop the table.

After 26 matchdays, Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos have built a six-point lead over second-placed Girona and are eight clear of arch-rivals Barcelona in third.

Ancelotti sets a target

While Real Madrid have already faced Girona and Atletico Madrid twice in La Liga already, they still have to face Barcelona for the second time.

And, as per AS, manager Carlo Ancelotti has set a target for his Real Madrid side to achieve before they face off against Xavi Hernandez’s Barça in a few weeks.

Los Blancos host their bitter rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu in the weekend of April 20-21, in matchweek 32.

And before that, Ancelotti wants Real Madrid to reach 80 points in La Liga, which he believes is the safety point for his team to go on to win the title.

As things stand, the Merengues are on 65 points from 26 games and have five matches to play in the league before they face Barcelona.

And for them to achieve Ancelotti’s intended target, they will have to win each of their matches between now and April 20, which will be anything but straightforward.

After all, Real Madrid are set to face Valencia at a hostile Mestalla this weekend before they take on a Celta Vigo side battling to avoid relegation next week.

Following that, they face a tricky Osasuna side away from home and Athletic Club at home while they will also take on Copa del Rey finalists RCD Mallorca.

Ancelotti wants the La Liga title race wrapped up by this point so that the team can face Barcelona without any pressure and instead keep their focus on the UEFA Champions League, provided they progress in the tournament.

It will be easier said than done, but if we have learned anything from Real Madrid this season, it is that they thrive in the face of adversities.

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