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Real Madrid looking to sell €25 million-rated defender to generate cash

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There has been significant movement in the Real Madrid camp this summer. The club have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Mariano Diaz, Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio so far, gaining the likes of Jude Bellingham, Joselu and Fran Garcia in the process.

However, there is a fundamental difference between the two transactions. The arrivals have cost the club close to €110 million in transfer fees while all four departures went through as free transfers. The discrepancy is worrying.

According to reports from AS, Real Madrid are looking to rectify the deficit to the best of their capacity. Of the players in the squad, Ferland Mendy is seen as the best placed to depart.

The club are anticipating a big offer from Saudi Arabia for the French left-back and would not hesitate to sell him given his recent displays. However, this is just yet another case of Carlo Ancelotti and the club adminstration failing to see eye to eye

After suffering a dire lack of options at left-back last season, the Italian manager wishes to keep Mendy in his dynamics for the upcoming season. Fran Garcia will be the first-choice starter, but the Frenchman would act as a quality replacement.

The club, however, see the player as a saleable asset and hopes to recoup as much of the €50 million spent on his signing as possible. Mendy’s market value stands at €25 million, and the offer from the Middle East could reach that figure.

Given that Los Blancos prioritise Alphonso Davies’ arrival this summer or the next, Mendy’s prominence will only stoop lower in the seasons to come. His contract runs out in 2025, and this could be Real Madrid’s final chance to sell him for a high fee.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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