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Real Madrid decided against signing Man City loanee in January for two reasons
According to Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, Real Madrid were offered an opportunity to sign Joao Cancelo from Manchester City in the January window, prior to his move to Bayern Munich.
The Portuguese international seemed to have had a falling out with manager Pep Guardiola, with rumours of an exit intensifying in the final days of the winter window.
Cancelo ended up signing for Bayern Munich on loan until the end of the season with a purchase option of €70 million for the summer.
However, prior to that, as has previously been reported by Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid were offered a shot at signing the former Juventus ace.
But, Real Madrid turned down the opportunity to sign Cancelo due to two reasons, reports Mario Cortegana.
As per the journalist, one of the reasons behind Los Blancos’ rejection was the finances involved.
As iterated earlier, Manchester City inserted a massive €70 million buy option in the agreement with Bayern Munich, a figure that Real Madrid were uncomfortable with.
Secondly, the club did not see Cancelo as a player who fits into their recruitment strategy of signing younger players with potential and were happy to see out the season with the current squad they have.
Interestingly, though, the report states that sources involved in the negotiations claim that Real Madrid had indeed tabled an offer for Cancelo which included a summer buy option worth €30 million (fixed) plus another €20 million in add-ons.
However, it is also stated that sources from within the club deny that any such proposal was made and speculate that Real Madrid’s name might have been used to drive up Cancelo’s price.
The right-back slot has been seen as a problematic one at Real Madrid due to Dani Carvajal’s fitness problems and the fact that Lucas Vazquez is not a natural full-back.
However, it is understood that Los Blancos have total faith in the duo and are also backing the likes of Vinicius Tobias, Alex Jimenez, and David Jimenez for the future. So, a new right-back arriving in the summer is an unlikely proposition at this point.
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Real Madrid will offer a three-year deal to midfielder, but player wants assurances over role
Dani Ceballos is one of seven Real Madrid players who is set to become a free agent in the summer as his contract expires at the end of the season.
The 26-year-old has grown in prominence at the Santiago Bernabeu in the second half of the season and has insisted that he wishes to continue at the club beyond the current campaign. However, he is yet to be contacted by the club with an offer to renew him.
Now, though, Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid do indeed want to keep hold of Ceballos beyond the summer and are planning to offer him a three-year contract.
The Spanish international prioritises continuing at the Santiago Bernabeu and will happily sign a renewal as long as he is offered a more prominent role in the team.
Ceballos reportedly fears that he would be reduced to the role of a benchwarmer should Jude Bellingham arrive at Real Madrid in the summer, especially with the club likely to renew Toni Kroos and Luka Modric as well.
Hence, the 26-year-old wants to be assured about his role in the team before he commits his future to Real Madrid.
As for the offer itself, Los Blancos have not presented a formal proposal as of yet and will only do so at the end of the season.
It should give ample time for Ceballos to get proper clarity over his situation and make an informed decision on continuing at Real Madrid or looking at a new challenge elsewhere.
Should he decide to move on, it is believed that the former Real Betis ace has several offers from important clubs across Europe.