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Real Madrid battling Barcelona, Man City to sign of 19-year-old Spanish prospect

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Las Palmas’ 19-year-old attacking midfielder Alberto Moleiro is arguably the most exciting prospect currently plying his trade in the Segunda Division.

There have been reports that Barcelona are pondering the option of making a move, but as it seems, the Blaugrana are not the only side in the race. According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, the likes of Borussia Dortmund Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Madrid are also pursuing the young midfielder.

While writing for the aforementioned outlet, journalist Gabriel Sans quotes that City and Madrid are the latest teams to enter the fray as the earlier fight was only fought between Liverpool and Barcelona.

But what gives Barcelona the edge in the negotiation is that Las Palmas is being coached by their former Barça B manager, Garcia Pimienta. Pimienta is someone who has already assured Barcelona that Moleiro is someone who has a clear Barça profile.

“He has a very high ceiling, in a very short time in top-level teams,” Pimienta was quoted by Mundo Deportivo. “I think he has a clear Barça profile, although we’re talking about big words,” he added.

Now, before dwelling on the suitors, it is important to note that Moleiro has a contract with Las Palmas until 2026 and has a release clause of €30 million. The figure, however, will rise to €60 million if the team is promoted to the first division.

The chances of the aforementioned are pretty much likely as Las Palmas are currently second in the standings with 27 points, just three points behind league leaders Alaves.

Interestingly enough, Moleiro was a subject of interest for Barcelona last summer as well. Back then, Las Palmas demanded €10 million plus €15 million in variables, which the Catalans were unwilling to pay.

With Real Madrid also now in the race, along with several other top sides like Manchester City, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund, Moleiro could be set to spark a transfer war in the summer for his signing.

Having lost out in the race for Pablo Torre earlier this year, Real Madrid will be keen on getting one over Barça by beating them to the capture of Moleiro.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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