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Real Madrid extremely determined to sign 16-year-old Argentine whizkid

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Apart from Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, Real Madrid are targeting two more signings for this summer and are prepared to go hard to complete the operations, reports MARCA.

The two players who Los Blancos very much intend to bring in are Leny Yoro of Lille and Franco Mastantuono of River Plate.

Things are already moving in the right direction as far as a deal for Yoro is considered, but the operation for Mastantuono could be tricky.

Real Madrid determined to sign Mastantuono

However, the report states that Real Madrid are extremely determined to secure the signing of Franco Mastantuono from River Plate.

Having previously missed out on another special Argentine player in Julian Alvarez, Real Madrid are eager to avoid a similar situation with Mastantuono.

Just 16 years old, the young attacking midfielder is making waves in Argentina and has been scouted by a number of Europe’s elite clubs, including Real Madrid.

Real Madrid want Mastantuono. (Photo by Daniel Jayo/Getty Images)

A versatile operator who can operate in midfield or on the wings, Mastantuono has also garnered interest from Barcelona.

The teenage sensation recently signed a new contract with his current club, committing his future until December 31, 2026, with the deal also containing a release clause worth €45 million.

If Real Madrid go after him with full strength, they would have to agree a deal similar to that of Endrick as Mastantuono will not be able to arrive in Europe until he turns 18, which would be in August 2025.

Whether they are successful in their endeavours remains to be seen.

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Real Madrid chief scout surprised over summer signing’s lack of minutes

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Arda Guler was one of Real Madrid’s biggest bets last summer. The youngster joined from Fenerbahce for a fee of €20 million and was regarded as one of the best young talents in Europe.

Many expected Guler to follow the example of Jude Bellingham and become an instant hit at the Bernabeu.

Guler’s struggles at Real Madrid

However, with just one month remaining before the season comes to an end, it is fair to say that Guler has endured a tough season at the Bernabeu.

The Turkish international is yet to even muster 100 minutes of action this season. His progress was largely halted by injuries, but it must be noted that the player has been fit since the start of the year.

Yet, Guler has featured in only 31 minutes of league action, with a goal against Celta Vigo being his most notable contribution.

Looking for that one chance (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Juni Calafat surprised at Guler’s lack of gametime

In light of Guler’s struggles this season, a report from Rodra P (h/t Madrid Xtra) suggests Real Madrid’s chief scout, Juni Calafat, is surprised at Guler’s lack of opportunities this season.

Calafat, who was crucial in unearthing talents such as Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Federico Valverde, is one of the great supporters of Guler.

But he is surprised with the way Carlo Ancelotti has handled Guler, not giving him enough opportunities to impress.

In fact, Guler’s struggles this season have led many to conspire about his future. A loan move has been suggested and there are no shortage of suitors either.

Ancelotti, for his part, has maintained that Guler is getting better physically. It appears the Italian is practising caution with the youngster, especially given his injury-related struggles during the first half of the campaign.

Following Real Madrid’s win over Barcelona, though, Guler will be hoping for more frequent opportunities in the league, as Ancelotti keeps one eye on the Champions League.

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