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Real Madrid chief scout Juni Calafat monitoring 17-year-old Man United, Barcelona target

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Real Madrid have made it a point to keep a close eye on the young talent coming through the Brazilian footballing scenes.

The Merengues have already tasted success with the signings of Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes while they have also roped in wonderkid Endrick and are hoping to turn him into the next big superstar.

More and more youngsters bursting through the scenes in Brazil are on the radars of Real Madrid, with a new name joining the list.

Real Madrid tracking Lorran

Indeed, as per 90min’s Graeme Bailey, Real Madrid are tracking Flamengo wonderkid Lorran, with club’s scouting genius Juni Calafat keeping a close watch on the teenager’s development.

Lorran is a product of the Flamengo youth academy and has already made four senior appearances for the Brazilian club, even scoring one goal despite being just 17 years old.

An attacking midfielder by trade, Lorran is attracting strong interest from clubs other than Real Madrid as well.

Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion from England are understood to be ahead of the chasing pack at this moment.

Meanwhile, other top clubs like Barcelona, Chelsea, and Manchester City are also keeping tabs on the young prospect, along with West Ham United.

€50 million release clause

Lorran will not be able to move to Europe until July next year when he will be turning 18 years old.

The teenage prodigy has a contract with Flamengo that runs until the end of December 2025 with a release clause worth €50 million protecting him.

The Brazilian club are in no hurry to sell him right away and will wait out for the interest from European clubs to develop.

It will be intriguing to see if Real Madrid decide to take a keener interest in the 17-year-old Lorran in the coming months.

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Revealed: Reasons why Real Madrid captain is contemplating exit

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Real Madrid bid Toni Kroos an emotional farewell toward the end of last season, as the German midfielder opted not to pursue continuity in the Spanish capital and instead ride off into the sunset.

However, as the summer transfer window looms large, it appears the German maestro will not be the only veteran hitting the exit door for Los Blancos.

Indeed, Nacho Fernandez’s future continues to be up in the air, as his Real Madrid contract is set to expire in a few days.

Why Nacho is mulling over a departure

The Real Madrid centre-back has been reported to have received a lucrative two-year offer from Al Ittihad, who would nearly quadruple his current salary.

Aside from the appealing financial package from Saudi Arabia, according to AS, Nacho is inclined to leave for other reasons.

Nacho feels his role has diminished under Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

For one, the Spanish defender believes that under Ancelotti, his position on the team has not evolved.

Even though he had an impressive season, missing important games like the league Clasico at Santiago Bernabeu and the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals against Manchester City has caused him to reevaluate his future.

This season, he has participated in 45 of the 55 games, missing just three because of suspensions.

Yet, his future at the club appears doubtful owing to the return of Rafa Marin from loan, the presence of Antonio Rudiger, and the return of Eder Militao and David Alaba from injury.

Moreover, Nacho’s thoughts have also been impacted by the persistent speculations that Real Madrid is interested in signing Leny Yoro. In the event that Nacho departs, Yoro might join either this summer.

As such, given the competition in defence next season and the reported wage hike at Al Ittihad, it is likely that Nacho will end up departing the Merengues.

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