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Real Madrid beat Barcelona in race for 15-year-old Spanish prodigy

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Real Madrid have made it a point to keep an eye out for exciting young talents from within Spain and across the globe.

The idea is to sign the players at a young age and groom them into future stars within the club. It has led to the Merengues keeping an eye on out several exciting youth prospects from around the world.

Recently, it emerged that Real Madrid were all set to sign teenage goalkeeper Sergio Mestre from Atletico Madrid.

Now, it appears that Los Blancos have closed the deal for another talented and promising Spanish teenager from the academy of a rival club.

Real Madrid set to sign Jairo Morilla

Indeed, as per Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, Real Madrid are all set to sign Real Betis’ teenage attacking prospect Jairo Morilla this summer.

Morilla, 15, has been with Real Betis’ academy since the pre-benjamin stages and has risen through the ranks rapidly.

Despite being an Under-15 player, he has already made his debut for Betis’ Juvenil B side – three levels above his age group.

Furthermore, the young striker is also a part of the Spanish Under-16 national team and has previously won several trophies with the Under-15 side, where he was the captain.

Interestingly, while representing the Spain Under-15 team, Morilla played with Enzo Alves – the son of Real Madrid legend Marcelo and a rising star at La Fabrica.

Real Madrid beat strong competition from rivals

The report from Cortegana goes on to add that Real Madrid had stiff competition in the race for Morilla as arch-rivals Barcelona were also keen on the 15-year-old.

In fact, the Catalans had held talks to take the teenage centre-forward to La Masia.

Meanwhile, Real Betis themselves spared no efforts to try and convince the striker to renew and continue progressing at the club.

Other teams from within Spain and abroad were also interested, but Real Madrid have prevailed and will now add one of Betis’ brightest young talents to their academy.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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