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Real Madrid keeping close tabs on €15 million-rated Arsenal, Newcastle United target



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A recent report from The Athletic has offered an update on the future of Ivan Fresneda. The Real Valladolid youngster has emerged as a sought-after prospect in the market this January, with a host of top clubs across Europe tracking his progress.

Real Madrid are among the clubs keeping close tabs on Fresneda. The reigning European champions recognise the young player’s potential and could make a move in the near future.

A native of Madrid, Fresneda was formerly a part of the Real Madrid youth academy, before he eventually joined the Valladolid youth setup in 2020. Since then, the youngster has gone on to become one of the most talented right-backs in Spain, notably enjoying his professional breakthrough this season.

The right-back has featured in nine league matches for Real Valladolid this season, impressing the onlookers with his athleticism and work ethic out wide.

The report from The Athletic state that Real Madrid are among the clubs monitoring the progress of Fresneda. But they are set to face stiff competition from clubs such as Arsenal, Newcastle United, and even Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund scouts are expected to be in attendance when Real Valladolid take on Atletico Madrid this weekend. Other clubs interested in the services of the 18-year-old include Juventus as well.

Real Madrid are yet to make any concrete attempts to sign Fresneda. But the player could be available in this ongoing January transfer window if any interested party is willing to fork out a figure of around €15 million.

While the player is very much in demand, it remains to be seen whether Real Madrid or any other club are willing to splash the cash to sign the youngster in January, rather than waiting out until the end of the season.

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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report



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Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.

His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.

Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.

His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.

Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.

The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:

“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.” 

While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.

His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.

Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.

Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.

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