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Real Madrid enquire about 24-year-old Barcelona target, player open to Bernabeu switch

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In a major development, journalist Sergio Santos is reporting that Real Madrid have set their sights on RB Leipzig attacker Dani Olmo and have enquired about his situation. The 24-year-old Spaniard has been a long-term target for arch-rivals FC Barcelona.

Olmo came through the youth ranks at Barcelona’s La Masia academy before leaving for Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb at a very young age. Having broken through the first-team setup there, the attacking midfielder quickly became one of the most sought-after players in Europe.

A move to RB Leipzig followed in January 2020, and the Spaniard has continued to enhance his reputation in Germany.

However, Olmo’s contract with Leipzig expires in 2024 and he has shown no desire to renew yet, despite Leipzig being keen on offering him an extension. It is claimed that the versatile attacking midfielder desires a return to Spain, which has alerted Real Madrid.

As per the report, Los Blancos see the 24-year-old Olmo as a perfect fit for their transfer plans as he is versatile enough to play anywhere across the frontline or operate as an interior midfielder.

Furthermore, given his contract expires in 2024, Real Madrid believe that Olmo would be available for a fair price in the inflated market, making him an appealing target.

As things stand, Marco Asensio, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Dani Ceballos will all be out of contract in the summer. While Real Madrid intend to renew them, it is likely that at least one will depart in the summer, opening up a vacancy for Olmo.

Olmo’s potential arrival would also add more homegrown Spanish talent at Real Madrid. That plus Brahim Diaz’s return from his loan spell at AC Milan would also enable manager Carlo Ancelotti to relieve Rodrygo of his duties on the right flank and utilise him as a second striker.

Olmo, for his part, is said to be open to the prospect of playing for Real Madrid despite his past roots at Barcelona and the constant links of a return to Camp Nou.

The fact that he can return to Spain and compete and win titles regularly is said to appeal to the Spanish international, who prefers Real Madrid over Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at this point.

There have been preliminary contacts at this point to send out feelers and it remains to be seen how things develop on this front in the coming months. Real Madrid can either look to sign him by paying a fee this summer or wait until 2024 to sign him up as a free agent.

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‘Give everything to win’ – Real Madrid UCL hero ready for Barcelona challenge

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Andriy Lunin was Real Madrid’s main protagonist in the club’s narrow win over Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Lunin is going to be in focus once again as Real Madrid brace themselves for another important encounter against Barcelona.

Speaking ahead of this crucial tie, Lunin talked about how Real Madrid will put the title race to an end if they can secure a win over Barça.

Lunin on Barcelona – Real Madrid clash

“It is clear that Clásico is a very important match. We are all clear that winning this Sunday can almost solve the League,” Lunin told TVE (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“We have prepared ourselves in the best possible way to take three points, which are very important.”

Real Madrid are indeed heading into this game with a solid eight-point lead over Barcelona in the league table.

A win this evening could help them extend that gap to 11 points, effectively ruling Barça out of the title race.

Lunin is focused ahead of the Barcelona tie (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid have attained an excellent record against Barcelona of late. Lunin, though, believes past encounters do not matter in a Clasico.

“In a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona the things that have happened are forgotten and everyone is concentrating,” the Ukrainian added.

Lunin went on to talk about Real Madrid’s gruelling schedule, with the Spanish giants coming on the back of a 120-minute encounter against Man City.

“It is true that last stretch of the season is very demanding. The team played 120 minutes in Manchester, it was good to suffer and overcome difficulties. Now we have Barça at home, with our people and we have no choice but to give everything to win,” he said.

Lunin also talked about his watered-down celebration following his penalty heroics against Man City, adding, “I am a quiet and rather shy person, but within me, I had tremendous joy. I already said after the game that I was the happiest person in the world.”

Finally, the goalkeeper was asked about his future at Real Madrid, with his current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expiring in 2025.

“Real Madrid has been a dream since I was little, but now it is time for the most important games of the season and we have to be focused because we have to get the best result from what we have left. Then we will talk about the papers (contract) and other things,” he concluded.

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