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Real Madrid leading the race to sign River Plate sensation over top European rivals

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According to a recent report from Diario Ole, several top football clubs, including the Premier League’s leading teams, PSG, Bayern Munich, and Borussia Dortmund, have all expressed interest in signing Franco Mastantuono. 

However, Real Madrid have gained an edge in the competition by establishing strong relationships with Mastantuono’s representatives.

At 16 years and eight months old, Mastantuono experienced remarkable success, making the most of significant opportunities. 

Within just 96 days of his career, he became the youngest player to score a goal for River Plate, made an appearance in the superclasico, and even managed to debut and score a goal in the Copa Libertadores wearing the River Plate jersey.

Mastantuono is wanted across Europe

His exceptional talent has drawn interest from Real Madrid, who have been captivated by his abilities and are eager to secure his services as soon as possible.

Mastantuono’s potential is attractive not only because of his technical skills—he plays with the poise of an experienced player at just 16—but also because of his unique profile. 

As a result, Real Madrid have reportedly begun talks with his inner circle to pave the way for a potential transfer.

Franco Mastantuono is wanted by top European teams, including Real Madrid. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

These discussions, while not yet official, give Madrid an edge over their wealthy competitors, such as the top Premier League teams, PSG, and the German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

All these clubs have expressed interest in Mastantuono through their scouting departments, but none have progressed as quickly or aggressively as Real Madrid’s football offices.

Real Madrid’s plan to sign Mastantuono

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has given the green light to speed up the recruitment process after Juni Calafat, the club’s head of scouting, praised the scouting report on Mastantuno.

To sign Mastantuno without paying his €45 million buyout clause, Real Madrid will need to devise an enticing offer. 

This could involve structuring the deal similarly to the one used for acquiring Endrick, by proposing a lower initial fee paired with achievable performance-based bonuses. 

Optimists in Madrid believe an agreement could be reached by September 2, the deadline for transfers in Spain. 

However, this deal would not necessarily mean an immediate move. The goal is to secure Mastantuno and prevent other clubs from bidding for him.

One potential strategy is allowing Mastantuno to stay at River Plate for an additional year or 18 months, finalizing the transfer only in August 2025 when he turns 18.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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