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Real Madrid defender closing in on €12 million Serie A move

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Journalist Jose Felix Diaz of MARCA has revealed that Real Madrid defender Rafa Marin is nearing a move to Napoli for €12 million. 

Initially set to replace the departing Nacho at Real Madrid, Marin’s future took a turn when the club’s interest in signing Leny Yoro from Lille grew stronger. The Merengues subsequently decided to entertain offers for the 22-year-old defender.

For Napoli, the pursuit of Marin has been long-standing, with their new sporting director, Giovanni Manna, closely monitoring Marin during his loan spell at Alaves. Manna has been personally involved in negotiations and is on the verge of finalizing the deal.

Napoli have held multiple meetings with Real Madrid

Previous reports indicated multiple rounds of talks between Napoli and Real Madrid regarding Marin’s transfer. 

As a result, Napoli are eager to wrap up the deal swiftly, viewing Marin as a valuable addition to their squad. They now await the green light from Real Madrid to proceed.

Rafa Marin will move to Napoli. (Photo by Rafa Babot/Getty Images)

While there have been varying reports on the transfer fee, it is now settled at €12 million. Moreover, Real Madrid are expected to include a buyback clause in the agreement, valuing it at over €30 million. 

This is because despite sanctioning Marin’s sale, Real Madrid hold him in high regard and anticipate his potential growth as a footballer, hence retaining a measure of control over his future.

Time for a new centre-back?

Once Marin’s move is finalized, Real Madrid are likely to pursue another defender, with Leny Yoro emerging as the top candidate

Interestingly, amid talks of Yoro’s potential arrival, there were brief rumours linking Real Madrid to Bologna’s Italian centre-back Riccardo Calafiori. 

However, these rumours were quickly dismissed as Madrid remain focused on signing Yoro.

The transfer saga surrounding Marin underscores the dynamic nature of football negotiations, where player values and club strategies can quickly evolve. 

Marin’s journey from Real Madrid to Napoli reflects the intricate dance of talent scouting and strategic planning in modern football.

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Real Madrid occupy second place in UEFA coefficient rankings, behind Manchester City

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With the 2024/25 season only a month away, UEFA have released the latest coefficient rankings for clubs and Real Madrid occupy the second position in the standings, behind Manchester City.

The new season removes the oldest of the five seasons that count towards the rankings from the overall tally and instead adds the one yet to be played, which is currently at zero because none of the big teams have played yet.

And, as like last year, Real Madrid continue to be in the second position behind Manchester City despite having won the UEFA Champions League in the campaign gone by.

With the elimination of points from the 2019/20 season, the ranking is altered to give value to the latest campaigns, but even so, Real Madrid are still unable to overtake City.

Source: UEFA

Pep Guardiola’s side have 123,000 points to Real Madrid’s 119,000 while Bayern Munich sit third with 108,000 points. Liverpool take up the fourth position.

Real Madrid have won two Champions League titles to Manchester City’s one in the last five years.

But Guardiola’s side have managed to reach at least the semi-finals, as well as two finals, in all the editions that count towards the current ranking. That has allowed them to rack up a considerable number of points and still lead the standings.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s arch-rivals, Barcelona have dropped to the 18th position in the standings while Atletico Madrid are just a place above them in the 17th spot.

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