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Real Madrid held concrete talks with 23-year-old forward before €75m Arsenal move

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Chelsea have been at the centre of the transfer market this summer. Not long ago, the Blues were in the headlines for making signing after signing, and this time around, they find themselves on a selling spree.

One of their biggest player departures so far this summer has been that of Kai Havertz. The youngster made a €75 million move to Arsenal (including add-ons), but it is no secret that Real Madrid were in pole position to sign him less than a month ago.

According to reports from Jorge C Picon, Los Blancos had a concrete interest in the German’s signing. In fact, Carlo Ancelotti approved of his arrival and Juni Calafat had been tracking his profile for close to three years.

Concrete meetings were held at the Valdebebas over Havertz’s arrival, and the club even discussed topics including his integration into the setup and the language barrier amongst others. The only roadblock, however, was Chelsea’s asking price.

Given Chelsea’s urgent need to sell players, Real Madrid were confident that they could milk out a better deal as the window progressed and the London-based side came under pressure. However, Arsenal’s entry changed the entire picture.

Mikel Arteta’s project really appealed to the player, and given his firm desire to leave Chelsea this summer, he reciprocated the interest. Real Madrid’s silence only fuelled talks with the Gunners and the result was a move to the Arsenal.

The German international, however, did not give up hope on Real Madrid until the very end. The report adds that there was a call between the club and Havertz’s entourage when the deal with Arsenal was close to complete where the Merengues once again enquired about the fee. However, it did not fit their budget.

As it stands, the men in white are waiting on a response from Kylian Mbappe over a potential move. Not much is known about their communication with other potential targets to reinforce the forward line.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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