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Real Madrid have decided to trigger €1.5 million ‘permanent clause’ in on-loan striker’s contract

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Joselu was one of Real Madrid’s biggest bets during the summer transfer window.

After losing star striker Karim Benzema to Al Ittihad, the Spanish giants refrained from spending big money on a quality replacement.

Instead, the club roped in Joselu on a loan deal from Espanyol, for a fee of around half a million euros.

Real Madrid to retain the services of Joselu

More than halfway into the season, Joselu has exceeded expectations and has emerged as a reliable goalscoring option for Real Madrid.

The Spaniard has racked up 13 goals and four assists in all competitions this season. His productivity has been crucial in helping the club remain on top in the race for the league title.

In light of Joselu’s performances, Real Madrid have now ‘practically’ made the decision to retain his services beyond the summer.

Joselu will remain at Real Madrid next season (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

This is according to Diario AS, which suggests that Real Madrid will activate the option to buy Joselu permanently for a fee of just €1.5 million. This could prove to be a massive bargain for Los Blancos.

The road ahead for Joselu

Joselu, for his part, will be more than happy to continue at Real Madrid. However, the road ahead could be difficult for the Spaniard, as he looks to retain his role in the first-team.

It is well-established that Real Madrid will bring in Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer this summer.

The Frenchman is expected to shore up Real Madrid’s goalscoring options, thus diluting Joselu’s role in the first-team.

In fact, the former Hannover striker may end up serving as the second-choice number nine for Los Blancos, becoming more of a replacement for Mariano Diaz.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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