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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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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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