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Real Madrid hope to finalise the departure of academy ace in the next 72 hours



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Of all of Real Madrid Castilla’s outbound stars, the saga of Sergio Arribas has taken the most twists. The youngster has been on the market for over a month now but is yet to choose from the plethora of options on his table.

According to reports from AS, Real Madrid want to close Arribas’ file in the next 72 hours. The required negotiations and discussions are thus expected to rapidly progress in the coming days.

No shortage of suitors in Spain

While the player has attracted interest from overseas too, it is clear that the clubs best placed to sign him are the local institutes.

RCD Mallorca and UD Almeria currently lead the race to sign Arribas. The former club sees him as a suitable replacement for Kang-in Lee while the latter hope to persuade him with regular playing time.

Another name in the mix is Sevilla who are looking to strengthen their squad and make a push for a top-four finish next season after their horrendous La Liga run last term.

No place under Ancelotti

Arribas on his way out. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

If there is one department where Carlo Ancelotti has a gold mine of talented players at his disposal, it is the attacking midfield.

Eduardo Camavinga and Jude Bellingham are reportedly untouchable in the Italian’s setup. Moreover, Luka Modric and Federico Valverde make a strong case for the remaining spot in midfield.

Adding Dani Ceballos and Brahim Diaz, it is clear that Arribas will have little to no prominence if he was to push for a place in the first team.

Only 50% of his rights are up for sale

Real Madrid are aware of Arribas’ high ceiling and view his departure as a big blow to the team.

Los Blancos thus refuse to sell the player’s complete rights and hope to recoup some more monetary benefit in the years to come.

As it stands, they demand €10 million for 50% of the player’s rights. It remains to be seen which suitor is willing to meet those terms.

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French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him



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Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.

However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.

Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links

Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”

“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.

Tchouameni preferred Real Madrid over PSG (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.

Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.

Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid

Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.

Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.

Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.

The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.

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