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Real Madrid closing in on the signing of 16-year-old goalkeeping prospect



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While Real Madrid may have declared that there will be no more signings at the first-team level this summer, the recruitment for the youth sides continues.

The Merengues have been working to sign Izan Merino from Malaga with their opening bid of €250,000 being knocked back, with the club being told to pay the teenager’s full €3 million release clause.

Now, if reports are to be believed, Real Madrid could be working on signing yet another teenage prospect to strengthen the La Fabrica ranks.

Real Madrid closing in on Illia Voloshyn

Indeed, according to Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, Real Madrid are closing in on the capture of teenage goalkeeping prospect Illia Voloshyn.

The 16-year-old prospect currently plies his trade with Spanish third-division side Rayo Majadahonda and is held in high regard.

Despite his young age, Voloshyn already stands at a towering 6ft 5in, making him an imposing figure between the sticks.

The teenager recently represented the Ukrainian Under-16 national team against Latvia in May.

Voloshyn will sign a three-year contract

Voloshyn will be signing a three-year contract with Real Madrid, the maximum possible for a player his age as per regulations.

The report adds that the Ukrainian goalkeeping prospect will be linking up with the club’s Juvenil B team (U18) initially and will have to gradually progress through the ranks.

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Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas



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There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.

Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.

Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.

And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.

Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.

Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.

Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.

Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.

The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.

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