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Real Madrid face Juventus, Newcastle United competition for 18-year-old target

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A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered an update on Real Madrid’s objectives in the transfer market.

Although the club have set their sights on a summer move for Jude Bellingham, they are also keeping tabs on other players in an attempt to address other key areas in the squad. One of the problem areas is the right-back department.

Dani Carvajal’s fitness issues are well-documented while Lucas Vazquez’s contract expires next year. So, a new right-back is seemingly on the agenda at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Recent reports have linked Real Madrid with a move for Ivan Fresneda. The 18-year-old Real Valladolid starlet has made quite an impression in La Liga this season and is regarded as one of the most talented fullbacks in the league.

The teenage sensation has featured consistently for the Valladolid first team this season and has even made a few appearances for the Spanish youth side.

But as per Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are set to face stiff competition from Juventus in the race to sign Fresneda. The Bianconeri are keeping close tabs on the progress of the 18-year-old at Valladolid, as part of their plans to reinforce the right-back department.

Newcastle United, too, are involved in the pursuit of Fresneda, who has featured in 11 competitive matches for Valladolid thus far.

Real Madrid, therefore, have their task cut out if they are to make a move for the young Spaniard. In addition to the competition, luring the youngster away from Valladolid could also be a costly affair, as the player still has a contract with the club until 2025.

Real Madrid, though, have no shortage of alternatives in their bid to find new right-backs. In fact, they are also considering making the signing of Vinicius Tobias permanent, with the youngster impressing for the Castilla outfit.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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