Gabri Veiga of Celta Vigo is one of the breakout stars of the 2022/23 La Liga campaign, having caught the attention with stellar performances from midfield.
The 20-year-old has netted eight goals and set up three more from 24 La Liga appearances for the Galician outfit, forcing some of the top clubs in Spain and outside to sit up and take notice.
Real Madrid are one of the clubs interested in signing Veiga, who has a release clause worth €40 million embedded in his contract with Celta. However, Los Blancos will face competition from neighbours Atletico Madrid, who are also keen on the young Spaniard.
But, according to Manu Sainz of AS, the Celta Vigo midfielder ‘dreams’ of playing for Arsenal.
Veiga is also attracting significant interest from clubs in England, with the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle United understood to be keeping tabs on him. Serie A champions AC Milan are also said to be his admirers.
Indeed, the journalist suggests that the Gunners are the 20-year-old’s favourite club outside of Spain and he harbours ambitions of turning out for them in his career.
If true, this could come as a setback for Real Madrid and their hopes to sign Veiga. Recent reports suggested that Los Blancos were keen on adding the young midfielder to their ranks, irrespective of their pursuit of Jude Bellingham.
However, they were unwilling to match the 20-year-old’s €40 million release clause amount. Instead, the idea was to offer €25 million plus a player, Rafa Marin, as part of the operation.
But with Veiga dreaming of playing for Arsenal and the Gunners understood to be interested in signing him, Real Madrid might end up missing out on the young sensation.
Real Madrid may look to sell 24-year-old star if top target arrives in the summer – report
Real Madrid are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to assemble an even stronger squad for the upcoming campaign.
Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies are the club’s top targets in that regard, for the two new signings will be regular starters and bonafide difference makers on the field for Los Blancos.
The latter, in particular, arrives to reinforce a position where none of Carlo Ancelotti’s current options are convincing. Fran Garcia and Ferland Mendy have both had their hiccups at the left-back position for Real Madrid, leaving the position open for Davies to take over.
A potential departure
As revealed by MARCA, Davies’ arrival next season will jeopardise Garcia’s importance in the team for the Canadian will be the manager’s first choice by a mile.
Moreover, Ancelotti is said to be in favour of renewing Mendy, implying that Garcia will practically be his third choice.
Come summer, Garcia could thus be sold if the club receive an offer that they can make money off. Considering that they shelled out €5 million last summer for his incorporation, any offer north of that mark could do the job.
In 18 appearances and 11 starts in La Liga this season, the 24-year-old has provided four assists for Los Blancos. Interestingly, he has started just one of Real Madrid’s last six games across all competitions.
As revealed earlier this week, Real Madrid have reached a verbal agreement with Alphonso Davies. An agreement with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee could be a difficult proposition, however.
As such, it is unclear if Los Blancos will make the move for Davies this summer at a subsidised fee or wait until next year when the player will be a free agent.
Garcia’s future, needless to say, depends on their plan of action on the Davies front.