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Real Madrid have €8-10 million buy option for 19-year-old loanee; player wants to stay

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When Real Madrid landed teenage forward Iker Bravo on loan from Bayer Leverkusen back in 2022, it was seen as a coup.

The young striker was brought in to reinforce the Real Madrid Castilla squad with a view to making his transfer permanent based on how things proceed. Instead of a permanent deal, though, the Merengues extended his loan arrangement for another season last year.

Permanent purchase clause included

Now, Jorge C Picon reports that Real Madrid have the option to make Iker Bravo’s transfer permanent at the end of the season.

Such a move would cost the Merengues a fee of around €8-10 million, and the club are yet to make a decision on whether they will activate it or not.

Bravo, for his part, dreams of continuing at Real Madrid beyond the ongoing season, although within the club they see the figure to be a tad too high for the 19-year-old.

As such, the possibility of Real Madrid negotiating with Bayer Leverkusen for a lower fee is not ruled out.

Bravo needs to convince Raul

Last season, Iker Bravo largely played for Castilla under Raul Gonzalez but failed to make much of an impression, scoring just thrice in 25 league matches.

Even though he was at Raul’s disposal this season, the Castilla manager did not count on him even once, prompting the youngster to move down a rung and play for Alvaro Arbeloa’s Juvenil A side, where he has done well.

Indeed, Bravo has become an undisputable member of Arbeloa’s team, producing 14 goals and two assists in the last 16 matches.

However, with Raul set to continue with Castilla for another year at least, Bravo will need to win over his trust if he is to have the possibility of progressing in Madrid.

The teenager’s contract with Leverkusen runs until 2027 but a return is pretty much ruled out, with the German club looking to offload him. If Real Madrid do not sign him, there are clubs in England, Spain, and Italy who are interested in the forward.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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