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Real Madrid enter talks to sign €40 million La Liga midfield talent

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According to journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid held a meeting with fellow La Liga club Celta Vigo earlier today to discuss the transfer of midfield prodigy Gabri Veiga.

The 20-year-old has become one of the most sought-after young talents heading into the summer after an explosive campaign so far, in which he has scored nine goals in La Liga, along with assisting three more.

Veiga has attracted interest from top Premier League clubs like Arsenal and Liverpool, among others, while Real Madrid have also taken note of the young midfielder.

Los Blancos are set to refresh their midfield as Luka Modric and Toni Kroos enter the final phases of their respective careers.

Both are out of contract at the end of the season and even in case they renew, the duo is likely to continue for only one more season. And with Dani Ceballos’ contract also expiring this summer, Real Madrid could do with reinforcements in midfield.

Jude Bellingham remains the top target for the Merengues, but Veiga, too, is being pursued, independent of the interest in the former.

Earlier today, Celta Vigo president claimed that Real Madrid had not been in touch with the club over Veiga, while also confirming that he has a release clause in his contract, reported to be worth around €40 million.

Now, it seems that the reigning Spanish champions have held initial discussions with the Galician outift for Veiga.

Whether this leads to a more concrete approach and a transfer remains to be seen. It had been reported that Real Madrid would be unwilling to pay the entire €40 million release clause amount for Veiga, but they could reconsider their stance.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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