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Real Madrid could be offered Portugal hero as replacement for 25-year-old ace

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Real Madrid could be forced to enter into the market for a new goalkeeper this summer as Andriy Lunin is contemplating a possible departure.

The 25-year-old ace enjoyed a fine season in 2023/24, making the most of his chances during the absence of Thibaut Courtois. But with the Belgian returning, he is back to being the No. 2 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

As such, Lunin has set a condition for his stay at Real Madrid – to be a starter, which seems unlikely, making a transfer away very much likely.

Diogo Costa an option for Real Madrid?

Now, AS reports that Jorge Mendes, Andriy Lunin’s agent, will be meeting with officials to discuss the Ukrainian international’s future at Real Madrid.

If the 25-year-old shot-stopper ends up leaving the club, Mendes himself could propose possible options to replace him at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Diogo Costa could be offered to Real Madrid. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

And, as per the report, one such option that the superagent could offer to the Merengues is FC Porto and Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa.

The 24-year-old custodian has been in the news for his special display for Portugal in the UEFA Euro 2024 Round of 16 clash against Slovenia – where he pulled off some stunning saves in the penalty shootout.

André Villas-Boas, the new president of FC Porto, stated at a recent event that they “had no intention of selling Diogo Costa”, but it seems that Mendes has other plans for the 24-year-old.

Real Madrid’s stance on such a move is unclear at this point, but they are looking at possible options to replace Lunin in case of his departure.

Chelsea outcast Kepa Arrizabalaga and RCD Espanyol’s Joan Garcia are touted as potential replacements.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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