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Real Madrid in talks with La Liga club to re-sign Castilla defender – report

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Real Madrid have had a quiet transfer window so far. With a host of star players having their contracts expiring at the end of the season, the club have mostly been forced to tend to contractual matters.

However, that is about to change as Real Madrid are in talks with Rayo Vallecano to sign Fran Garcia, reports Cadena SER.

The 23-year-old has been one of the top performers for Rayo this season, establishing himself as a first-choice left-back for the club. Since joining Rayo in 2021, he has already racked up over 100 competitive appearances.

Garcia’s performances have not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid contemplating the possibility of signing the youngster. As per the report, the player is courted by other clubs including Bayer Leverkusen.

The Bundesliga giants are reportedly interested in paying Garcia’s €10 million release clause. However, Real Madrid, as Garcia’s former employer, have 50% of the player rights, meaning they can secure the services of the defender for a fee of just €5 million.

If the Whites do exercise the option, they are likely to send the 23-year-old back to Rayo Vallecano during the remainder of the campaign. As such, he will join the Real Madrid camp only during the start of next season.

This should bode well for Los Blancos, who are facing a precarious position in the left-back department. The departure of Marcelo had left the club with Ferland Mendy as the only recognised option in the position. But it appears even the Frenchman is facing an uncertain future at the club, with the player often criticised for his lack of consistency.

The addition of Fran Garcia, to that end, could greatly benefit the club. But with Leverkusen pushing, Real Madrid must make a definite decision on whether or not they are willing to fork out €5 million for the defender this January.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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