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Real Madrid face transfer dilemma as key target receives lucrative offer from Al-Ittihad

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According to a report from MARCA, Kepa Arrizabalaga, a target for Real Madrid, has received a substantial offer from Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad and this development adds another layer of complexity to Madrid’s goalkeeping situation.

Currently, Real Madrid know that Thibaut Courtois will be their first-choice keeper next season. However, the situation is not as straightforward for the backup goalkeepers. 

Andriy Lunin, who has one more year left on his contract, has yet to respond to the club’s offer for a contract renewal. 

His uncertain future has left the club in a state of limbo, as they are unsure whether he will commit to staying or seek opportunities elsewhere. This uncertainty has prompted Real Madrid to keep an eye on potential replacements, including Arrizabalaga.

Al-Ittihad are serious about Kepa

Kepa, who has now returned to Chelsea, now finds himself at the centre of attention once again. The report highlights that he has received a lucrative offer from Al-Ittihad, one of Saudi Arabia’s top football clubs. 

This offer is significant and tempting, presenting Kepa with a difficult decision to make, but for now, he has requested some time to carefully consider the proposal and its implications.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has a lucrative offer from Al-Ittihad. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

The prospect of moving to Saudi Arabia represents a major life change for Kepa. It is not just about a new footballing challenge, but also about adapting to a different culture and lifestyle. 

Al-Ittihad’s interest in Kepa is driven by their priority to strengthen their goalkeeping department, and they view him as a key addition to their squad.

Real Madrid are interested too

Despite having left Real Madrid, Kepa’s name remains on the club’s radar due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Lunin’s future. 

It is said that Real Madrid’s management is keenly aware of the need to have a reliable backup goalkeeper, especially if Lunin decides to move on. 

Meanwhile, Chelsea appear open to facilitating Kepa’s departure, provided a suitable offer comes in, but the club is not rushing into any decisions. They are considering various proposals and are likely to accept one that benefits all parties involved. 

Kepa, on his part, would be delighted to return to Real Madrid, but as things stand, this scenario seems distant. However, if it does materialise, it would be a welcome development for the club.

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Former Real Madrid defender breaks silence on possible return rumours

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Real Madrid’s left-back situation this summer is filled with intrigue. The futures of Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia are uncertain, while long-time target Alphonso Davies has yet to be signed.

Amidst this uncertainty, Miguel Gutierrez has emerged as a potential candidate for Real Madrid, with the Castilla graduate impressing during his time at Girona.

Gutierrez opens up about potential homecoming

The 22-year-old left-back departed Real Madrid for Girona in the summer of 2022 for a modest fee of €4 million.

However, as is customary practice with many young academy graduates departing the club, Madrid astutely negotiated a 50% sell-on clause in his Girona contract.

The Merengues also integrated a cost-effective buyback option of just €8 million, making his potential return to the club this summer a stark possibility.

Gutierrez has done well at Girona. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

Touching upon the possibility of a return, Gutierrez acknowledged Real Madrid’s buyback option, expressing his lifelong support for the club. However, he emphasized focusing on the present, particularly the upcoming Olympic Games.

“It is true that Real Madrid have a buyback option that depends on them, but I have always been a Real Madrid fan, and it is a pleasure for me to have my name appear there,” he told EFE Deportes.

“But this is something that must be left aside and focused on what matters now, which is the Olympic Games.”

As an underlapping full-back with tremendous qualities in possession, Gutierrez has the potential to offer something different compared to the likes of Mendy and Garcia.

However, it remains to be seen if Real Madrid can get their hands on Davies, as his arrival would likely imperil the Spaniard’s chances of joining.

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