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Real Madrid completing the final details for the signing of 17-goal striker – Romano

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Having completed the signings of Fran Garcia and Jude Bellingham, Real Madrid are inching closer to finalising another transfer, reports Fabrizio Romano.

Indeed, as per the Italian transfer expert, Real Madrid are completing the final details to secure the signing of 33-year-old striker Joselu from RCD Espanyol.

The Spanish capital giants have had an agreement on personal terms with their former centre-forward for more than ten days. And they are now hoping to finalise his signing by next week.

Having lost Karim Benzema and Mariano Diaz in the summer, Real Madrid are left without a senior striker in their ranks ahead of the 2023/24 season.

The Merengues are planning on making a superstar addition to reinforce the No. 9 slot, with the likes of Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe being linked heavily.

At the same time, Los Blancos also remain keen on adding a backup option for the centre-forward role and have zeroed in on Joselu as the option.

The 33-year-old enjoyed a fine 2022/23 season with Espanyol, finishing with 17 goals and four assists from 38 matches in all competitions. But, with the Catalan club getting relegated, the striker is now set to depart, and has already dropped hints about a move to Real Madrid.

In a recent interview, Joselu said: “Any player on the planet would like to wear the Real Madrid shirt. It is the best team in the world.”

Now, Romano reports that Real Madrid are working to finalise the transfer by next week and are completing the last details to get the transfer across the line.

Even though he is 33 years old, Joselu enjoyed a fine campaign in 2022/23 and has looked good for Spain in recent appearances. The striker even scored the match-winner for La Roja in the UEFA Nations League semi-final against Italy last night.

The former Real Madrid striker could thus be a good addition as a backup option in the centre-forward role for Carlo Ancelotti & co.

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Premier League club close the doors on defender’s exit amid Real Madrid interest

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Back in March, news surfaced that Real Madrid and Manchester United were both interested in signing Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite

The competition for his signature was fierce, but United eventually shifted their attention to another target, Leny Yoro, leaving Real Madrid without a new defender. 

Despite their interest, Everton’s high valuation of Branthwaite at €80 million made both clubs reconsider their pursuit.

According to a report from The Athletic, Everton’s stance on Branthwaite has now solidified. They are not entertaining any offers for the defender. 

Real Madrid, in reality, never made an official bid. They were merely observing from a distance as Everton turned down two substantial offers from Manchester United. 

The highest of these offers was close to €60 million, including both fixed and variable components, yet it still fell short of Everton’s expectations.

Everton want nothing less than €80 million

Everton’s valuation of Branthwaite is influenced by recent high-profile transfers of defenders like Harry Maguire, Wesley Fofana, and Josko Gvardiol. 

Jarrad Branthwaite will not leave Everton this summer. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

These deals have set a precedent, making Everton firm in their demand of £65-70 million, equivalent to over €82 million, for Branthwaite. Despite his high valuation, Everton is adamant about retaining him, considering him a crucial part of their future plans.

Complicating matters, Everton are facing significant financial difficulties. The club has been in a precarious financial position, confirmed by recent reports. 

The Friedkin Group, owners of Roma and potential new buyers for Everton, have halted negotiations with the club’s current owner, Farhad Moshiri. 

They have accumulated over €600 million in debt, and the uncertainty surrounding its management has only worsened the situation.

In light of these financial troubles, selling Branthwaite for a substantial amount could have provided a much-needed financial boost for Everton. However, the club is reluctant to part with one of their most promising young talents. 

They view Branthwaite as a vital component of their long-term strategy and are unwilling to sell him at a discount, even in their current economic state.

At Goodison Park, the decision to keep Branthwaite despite lucrative offers is a clear statement of their commitment to building a strong future. The young defender is seen as a key asset, and Everton’s refusal to sell him underscores their belief in his potential. 

The club’s financial struggles continue to pose challenges, but they are determined to navigate these difficulties without compromising their long-term vision.

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