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Real Madrid looking to hijack Atletico Madrid’s deal for 17-year-old striker

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Real Madrid’s management are leaving no stone unturned in their hunt for the club’s next marquee striker. From teenagers to veteran stars, Los Blancos have been linked with several strikers this window.

As the summer window nears its end, it is becoming increasingly clear that the club want to go in the direction of raw talent. A young signing will not only help the manager mould the player to his liking but also be less of a burden financially.

According to reports from Diario AS, Madrid are looking to sign Bayer Leverkusen striker Iker Bravo this summer. This comes as important news because the teenager already has an agreement in place with Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid’s relations with Diego Simeone’s side are already foul after the pact of non-aggression was broken last month. The move for the Spaniard will only make matters worse.

Not to forget that the Spaniard has also played for Barcelona at the youth level, making appearances for the U16 side before deciding to leave for Leverkusen.

Last season, Bravo made 17 appearances for Bayer’s U-19 outfit scoring four goals and providing three assists. He also recorded three-goal contributions for the U-17 side of the club.

Bravo is clearly a diamond in the brought right now, and one could expect the youngster to see a spell at the Castilla before he makes the move to the first team. While it is certainly a gamble, his signing could reap big rewards in the future.

Amongst the other youngsters linked with a move to the club is Jonathan Burkadt. The 22-year-old Mainz striker offers a similar profile, and the final decision could come down to the transfer fee involved.

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Real Madrid target will continue in the Bundesliga for next season, confirms club CEO

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Florian Wirtz has enjoyed a spectacular 2023/24 season and he has played an integral role in Bayer Leverkusen being crowned the Bundesliga champions this past weekend.

The 20-year-old has plundered 17 goals and 18 assists from 41 matches in all competitions, emerging as one of the best young players in Europe, with his game reaching a new level under Xabi Alonso.

Naturally, Real Madrid have taken note of Wirtz and his development and have set their sights on him as a target for the future.

Real Madrid are not the only club interested in the German international, though, with other clubs like Manchester City and Liverpool also keen.

Wirtz to continue at Bayer Leverkusen for now

Any move for Wirtz though will not be taking place in the summer this year, though, with Bayer Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro confirming as much in a recent interview.

“Florian Wirtz will stay with us next season. The plan is clear, together with his father,” Carro said in an interview with AS, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

Florian Wirtz is a man in demand. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

“There’s interest from many clubs, we can’t plan too long in football… but he’s staying,” he added.

Works in Real Madrid’s favour

Wirtz staying at Bayer Leverkusen for another season would work well into Real Madrid’s transfer plans.

After all, the Merengues have other priorities like Kylian Mbappe, Alphonso Davies, and Leny Yoro for the upcoming summer.

Wirtz is on the Spanish capital club’s agenda, but for the future, and him staying in the Bundesliga at least for another year gives Los Blancos a chance to go after him in 2025.

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