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Real Madrid looking to raise €25 million from the sales of Castilla youngsters – report

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Real Madrid Castilla were at the doorstep of promotion to the Spanish second division last season. Having made their way through a major part of the playoffs, only one game separated them from a spot in the next division.

However, it was not meant to be. The youth setup failed to get past Eldense at the final hurdle, breaking the hearts of fans across the globe. The result was most harsh on the young and coming talents of La Fabrica who were on the verge of scripting history.

The team is now set to return to the third division for the 2023-24 campaign. The club see it to be the end of a cycle for the youngsters involved and are actively encouraging many of the players to look for a way out. After all, regular minutes at a higher level is critical to their development.

According to reports from MARCA, Los Blancos plan to generate at least €25 million through sales from the academy. All the players sold, however, will only move with the option of a possible return.

Sergio Arribas, Rafa Marin, Carlos Dotor, Alvaro Martin, Marvin Park, Antonio Blanco, Bruno Iglesias, and Julen Jon Guerrero are some of the players the Merengues are looking to move on this summer. Of them, some are in more advanced negotiations than others.

Marin, for instance, is very close to completing a move to Real Betis on loan. The 21-year-old centre-back had suitors from Germany, England, Italy, and Spain but chose to stay within La Liga in the end.

Sergio Arribas is another candidate with no shortage of suitors. The young midfielder has attracted offers from Borussia Dortmund, Girona, and Deportivo Alaves amongst other clubs and is set to make his decision in the coming days. The report suggests Real Madrid will demand €10 million for the attacking midfielder.

Real Madrid’s offices will thus burn the midnight oil in the coming weeks to ensure as many departures from the academy as possible. After all, the efflux is necessary to make space for the upcoming crop of talents.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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