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Real Madrid ‘like’ South American midfielder, but valuation seen as too high

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Enzo Fernandez finds himself as one of the most talked-about footballer in recent days following his stunning goal for Argentina against Mexico in the FIFA World Cup 2022.

The 21-year-old joined SL Benfica from River Plate in the summer window and has settled down very well in Europe. Having impressed with the Portuguese outfit, he has managed to carry that form to the World Cup as well.

And, naturally, Fernandez’s breakthrough in Europe has caught the attention of several top clubs across the continent, including Real Madrid.

The Merengues had their sights on the Argentine star last summer as well, but were focused on signing Aurelien Tchouameni instead. However, they have now reset their focus on the 21-year-old midfielder, according to MARCA.

Reports suggest that Fernandez is being seen as an ideal Plan B by Real Madrid in case they miss out on the capture of primary midfield target Jude Bellingham.

However, while Real Madrid like Enzo Fernandez, they deem his valuation to be ‘too much’.

MARCA indicates that the 21-year-old could become the most expensive Argentine in the history of football, eclipsing the €90 million Juventus had paid to Napoli to sign Gonzalo Higuain.

The report states that Fernandez’s release clause amount is set at €120 million, although he could be available for €100 million. And that figure is deemed too high by Real Madrid at the moment.

“He is a player to settle at Real Madrid for 10 years,” people close to the 21-year-old have told MARCA. However, as things stand, Los Blancos consider his signing as a very distant possibility because of his price tag.

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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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