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Real Madrid defender to undergo Napoli medical on Monday ahead of €12 million move

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Rafa Marin left Real Madrid on loan to join Deportivo Alaves towards the end of July last year. Over the following year with the first-division team, the youngster established himself as a reliable mainstay in central defence.

The 22-year-old made 33 appearances for Alaves in La Liga, keeping seven clean sheets and averaging over nine defensive actions and close to four recoveries per game.

His consistency positioned him well as a new defensive option in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans, and Nacho’s departure only furthered his cause. Despite the opportunity, however, it appears Real Madrid have decided to let him go.

The economic details

Marin’s high-quality performances through last season attracted several suitors from Europe, with Napoli particularly interested in his signing. The Italians have been in constant contact with Los Blancos and his move is now close to completion.

As revealed by Fabrizio Romano, the defender is set to undergo Napoli medical on Monday and as part of the deal, Real Madrid will receive a fixed fee of €12 million. The dynamics of the buy-back clause, however, are intriguing.

Rafa Marin will undergo Napoli medical on Monday. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

As it stands, Los Blancos will have an option to repurchase Marin for €25 million in 2026. If they delay the transaction to 2027, they will have to shell out €35 million.

Napoli, however, have the option to pay an additional €10 million in 2025 to double the value of Real Madrid’s buy-back clauses.

If they choose to activate the clause, the Galacticos will have to pay €50 million and €70 million in 2026 and 2027 respectively if they desire the player’s services.

Presentation date set

The Italian journalist also confirms that Marin is expected in Naples on Monday. His medicals have been scheduled and he will be presented as a new Napoli player later in the day.

At this point, the deal is nearly complete and pending official confirmation. The youngster’s departure marks the temporary end of his dream of succeeding in Madrid, but the repurchase clause leaves the door open for a future return.

A return to the Merengues will depend solely on Marin’s development and consistency at the highest level for Napoli.

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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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