Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra) is reporting that Real Madrid have sent scouts to watch Celta Vigo midfield prodigy Gabri Veiga ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Spanish youngster is enjoying a stunning breakthrough campaign at Celta Vigo this season. A product of the Galician outfit’s youth setup, the 20-year-old has racked up 23 appearances in La Liga, posting an impressive tally of eight goals and three assists.
Naturally, the midfield prospect’s performances have sparked the interest of several clubs across Europe. Romano has claimed that many teams from Spain and England are monitoring Veiga, with Real Madrid having sent scouts to watch him this season already.
It is no secret that Los Blancos will need a revamp in their midfield department in the near future. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are in the final phase of their respective careers and are also out of contract at the end of the season.
There is no guarantee that either of them will renew for another year. Even in the scenario that they do, the next season would very likely be their last and hence planning for the future is the need of the hour at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Jude Bellingham is the top target to strengthen the midfield department at Real Madrid. But his €150 million price tag could become a hindrance while interest from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City would also make things tricky.
This is where Veiga could enter the picture. The 20-year-old has a release clause worth just €40 million which would be more than affordable for Real Madrid in case they do opt to go after the Celta Vigo star.
Even if they do sign Bellingham, it would not be in the worst interests of the Merengues to go after Veiga, with Dani Ceballos’ contract also expiring at the end of the ongoing campaign.
A promising talent who is already making waves in La Liga, Veiga could be primed for a big move in the near future. Whether he ends up at Real Madrid will be interesting to see.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.