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Real Madrid following 17-year-old Argentine prodigy on the radars of Barcelona

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Claudio Echeverri is one of the most exciting young talents in South America who is attracting a lot of interest in Europe.

The 17-year-old River Plate wonderkid shone brightly at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup not so long ago, further increasing the number of suitors wanting to sign him.

Echeverri, a versatile attacking midfielder, has a contract with River Plate until December 31, 2024. But last night he announced that he will not be signing a new contract with the South American giants and will likely be on his way out in six months.

Real Madrid also following Echeverri

It has been well-publicised that the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City are strong admirers of Echeverri, with reports suggesting that they are considering triggering his €25 million release clause.

But, as per El Espanol, Real Madrid are also among the admirers of the Argentine wonderkid and are following his progress.

Los Blancos have developed a reputation for identifying and signing the best young talents from the Brazilian market, in particular, in recent seasons, with Endrick set to be the latest addition through that policy.

Real Madrid continue to keep an eye out on generational talent in South America and it appears that Echeverri has popped up on their radars as well.

However, it is unclear at this point as to how serious the interest from the Merengues in the Argentine wonderkid is.

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Real Madrid send ultimatum offer for Alphonso Davies, comfortable with three existing players

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A recent report from Defensa Central has revealed that Real Madrid are interested in signing Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich, hoping to secure the deal for a fee between €30 million and €35 million.

Currently, Real Madrid’s main focus is on their upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

As a result, they have not been concentrating much on their summer transfer plans. However, despite this distraction, their interest in Davies has been reignited, marking another step towards bringing him to Madrid.

It is said that Davies remains a key target for Real Madrid and the club is strategising to make a move for him, believing that the time and situation are on their side. 

It is to be noted that Davies’ contract with Bayern Munich ends in 2025, and there are no indications that he plans to renew it. Real Madrid are banking on this uncertainty to pressure Bayern into selling him.

Bayern ready to part ways with Davies

It is said that Bayern have made their stance clear regarding Davies: he must either extend his contract or be sold this summer. 

Davies has not yet made his decision known, although Bayern suspect he is leaning towards leaving. He hasn’t responded to their offer of a salary increase, which would pay him around €13 million gross per year. 

Real Madrid are still interested in signing Alphonso Davies (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Bayern are unwilling to raise their offer and are keen to resolve this situation quickly to plan for the next season.

Real Madrid are loving this drama

As days pass, Davies’ market value decreases slightly due to his inconsistent season, marked by injuries and patches of poor performance. 

Bayern are under pressure to sell him to avoid losing him for free later, which has led to a reduced asking price. 

Real Madrid are aware of this situation and remember Davies’ impressive performance in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals at Santiago Bernabeu, where he scored a spectacular goal.

Real Madrid are in no rush

For now, Real Madrid are aiming to sign Davies for as little as possible within the €30 million to €35 million range. 

They are in no rush since they already have two capable left-backs in their squad—Ferland Mendy and Fran García—and are considering buying back Miguel Gutierrez. Thus, securing a new left-back isn’t an urgent need for them.

Nonetheless, Real Madrid are committed to acquiring the Canadian star. Their scouting team has long recommended him, and negotiations have been ongoing since last summer. 

There is already a verbal agreement between Davies and Real Madrid, indicating that the club’s interest is serious and well-planned.

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