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Real Madrid content with options at right-back, will not sign anyone for the position
According to MARCA, Real Madrid are happy with their current options at the right-back position and will not look to sign a new player for the position in the summer.
This comes after reports emerged that Real Madrid had been offered Joao Cancelo last month, but passed up the chance to sign him. The Portuguese international eventually joined Bayern Munich on loan from Manchester City with a purchase option of €70 million.
Los Blancos decided against moving for the former Juventus man as they believe that they have no reasons to be concerned over the right-back position at this point, despite recent injuries to Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez.
The report states that Real Madrid retain total faith in the duo, who still have over two years and one year, respectively, left on their contracts with the club. On top of that, they also have Alvaro Odriozola, who is also contracted until 2024, although a summer exit is on the cards for him.
In the meetings that have taken place to discuss the transfer strategies for next summer, the right-back position is understood to have not even come up for debate.
As iterated earlier, the Merengues have full confidence in Carvajal and Vazquez while Nacho Fernandez has also shown that he can be a reliable option in recent games.
Furthermore, Real Madrid believe that they have a number of talented young right-backs coming through the youth ranks, which negates the need to invest in a new player in the position.
Vinicius Tobias, who plays for Raul Gonzalez’s Castilla, is well-liked within Real Madridd. The club intend to sign him permanently from Shakhtar Donetsk but want to lower the €9 million fee previously agreed upon.
Apart from Tobias, there are other youngsters like the 17-year-old Alex Jimenez, who has already made his Castilla debut, and David Jimenez (18), who is tremendously trusted by youth team coach Alvaro Arbeloa. 15-year-old Jesus Fortea is also seen as a future right-back for the senior team.
Hence, Real Madrid are not worried about the recent issues in the right-back slot and believe that there is no immediate cause for concern when it comes to the position.
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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.
After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.
The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.
A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.
Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.
But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.
At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.
However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.
For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.