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Real Madrid could reconsider stance of not wanting to pay €40m for Arsenal, Liverpool target
Gabri Veiga’s desire to join Real Madrid is well-documented. Reports in recent weeks have made it clear that the La Liga prodigy prefers to represent the European Champions as long as they match the financial bids from other parties, amid strong interest from the Premier League.
Anton Meana brings out the club’s stance on his signing for the first time. According to the Spanish journalist, Real Madrid, at the moment, do not contemplate shelling out his €40 million release clause. However, there is room for reconsideration in the coming weeks.
The club’s decision could represent that they are fully focussed on signing Jude Bellingham in June and do not wish to compromise on their dream target. Veiga plays in a similar position, and shelling out a big fee could handicap the Merengues in their pursuit of the Englishman.
The Celta Vigo star’s move to the Santiago Bernabeu, thus, might end up depending on the outcome of Bellingham’s transfer.
Another factor that could push Real Madrid into reconsidering their decision is the future of Toni Kroos. Depending on whether the German hangs up his boots at the end of the season, the need for another face in midfield could arise.
The 20-year-old Celta Vigo has made 25 league appearances in La Liga this season, scoring a whopping nine goals and providing three assists in the process. He averages just under one key pass per game and has created five big chances in the process.
If Real Madrid bail out of the race to sign him, Veiga could look towards the long list of clubs awaiting him in England. With Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal eyeing him, the youngster has no shortage of options.
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Real Madrid eye €3.5 million-rated relegated Premier League striker to reinforce attack
Following a difficult season with troubles in La Liga and the Champions League preventing Real Madrid from retaining their crowns, Los Blancos move towards a transformative summer, full of innovations.
Real Madrid managed to clear plenty of unwanted figures at the club, with a huge relief on the wage bill. However, with an array of exits, the squad has contracted and thus replacements are being inquired.
Apart from the high-profile departure of Karim Benzema, fringe players have also bid their farewell.
Among those names is Mariano Diaz, who was Madrid’s backup striker prior to his withdrawal. Several names have been put on the table to fill his absence as the club largely aim to address their lack of depth.
According to Arancha Rodriguez (via RM4Arab), Leeds United striker Rodrigo Moreno is one of the names gaining consensus in the Madrid hierarchy. Moreover, Joselu has also been considered as a viable alternative.
The two favourites to replace Mariano have proven to be important figures for their clubs as both strikers maintain a starting role.
Playing for Espanyol, Joselu ended the La Liga campaign as the third top scorer, only behind Benzema and Lewandowski. Considering Espanyol’s relegation, such a feat looks even more impressive. The Spaniard secured 19 goals in all competitions.
On the other hand, Rodrigo Moreno recorded 16 goals last season across all competitions. Similar to Joselu’s case, the Spanish international also suffered relegation with Leeds, in spite of his good numbers.
With both players offering adequate output in struggling sides, Real Madrid’s interest is practical. Moreover, considering both Espanyol and Leeds were relegated, their asking price will undeniably lower, which enables the Merengues to sign one of the two targets at a more convenient rate.
It is claimed that Rodrigo has a release clause worth €3.5 million which Los Blancos would have to trigger to sign him from Leeds United.
It now remains to be seen whether Carlo Ancelotti & co. go after the former Valencia man or move for Joselu instead.