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Real Madrid captain’s summer move to Al Ittihad under serious doubt

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Transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that there are serious uncertainties regarding Nacho’s potential move to Al Ittihad. 

Despite extensive discussions about a two-year contract, both the player and the club have not yet given the final approval.

He adds that Real Madrid, on their part, are waiting for the defender to bring closure to this situation with a definitive decision expected in the coming days.

Just yesterday, it seemed Nacho was on the brink of joining the Saudi Arabian powerhouse, Al Ittihad. The Saudi club has been actively searching for defensive reinforcements for quite some time, and Nacho emerged as their preferred choice. 

If the move had gone through, it would have reunited him with his former Real Madrid teammate, Karim Benzema among sea of stars.

There is an extension on the table from Real Madrid

Interestingly, Real Madrid recently proposed a one-year contract extension to Nacho, but the player has not yet responded to this offer. 

Nacho’s potential move to Saudi is on the verge of collapse. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

However, there is a twist in Madrid’s extension proposal. As reported before, the offer comes with an expiry date, after which it will no longer be valid.

Reportedly, this offer to Nacho will expire on June 30, the same day his current contract expires as well.

Nacho working on a tight deadline

At present, Nacho finds himself in a dilemma about his future. He has just 15 days left to decide whether he will remain at Real Madrid. 

It is said that despite everything that; ‘s happening, Carlo Ancelotti has expressed his desire to keep Nacho in the squad and has communicated this directly to the player.

Despite the pressing timeline, Nacho has yet to make a decision, and it appears that even the move to the Saudi league is now slipping away.

To sum up, Nacho’s transfer situation remains uncertain, with both Real Madrid and Al Ittihad awaiting his decision, while time ticks away towards the contract deadlines.

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Former Real Madrid defender breaks silence on possible return rumours

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Real Madrid’s left-back situation this summer is filled with intrigue. The futures of Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia are uncertain, while long-time target Alphonso Davies has yet to be signed.

Amidst this uncertainty, Miguel Gutierrez has emerged as a potential candidate for Real Madrid, with the Castilla graduate impressing during his time at Girona.

Gutierrez opens up about potential homecoming

The 22-year-old left-back departed Real Madrid for Girona in the summer of 2022 for a modest fee of €4 million.

However, as is customary practice with many young academy graduates departing the club, Madrid astutely negotiated a 50% sell-on clause in his Girona contract.

The Merengues also integrated a cost-effective buyback option of just €8 million, making his potential return to the club this summer a stark possibility.

Gutierrez has done well at Girona. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

Touching upon the possibility of a return, Gutierrez acknowledged Real Madrid’s buyback option, expressing his lifelong support for the club. However, he emphasized focusing on the present, particularly the upcoming Olympic Games.

“It is true that Real Madrid have a buyback option that depends on them, but I have always been a Real Madrid fan, and it is a pleasure for me to have my name appear there,” he told EFE Deportes.

“But this is something that must be left aside and focused on what matters now, which is the Olympic Games.”

As an underlapping full-back with tremendous qualities in possession, Gutierrez has the potential to offer something different compared to the likes of Mendy and Garcia.

However, it remains to be seen if Real Madrid can get their hands on Davies, as his arrival would likely imperil the Spaniard’s chances of joining.

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