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Real Madrid make contact with 16-year-old Argentine whizkid after Endrick capture



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Real Madrid have stepped up their pursuit of South American supertalents in recent years, especially after the success of players such as Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo. More recently, Los Blancos secured the signing of Endrick from Palmeiras.

According to GE Globo Real Madrid have no intention of stopping either and have made the first move to sign Gianluca Prestianni.

A winger by trade, Prestianni currently plies his trade for Argentine outfit Velez Sarsfield’s youth team. He had made an impression in the club’s U20 setup and was subsequently promoted to the reserve squad in the summer of 2021.

The attacker has since become a rising star in Argentine football, even featuring in six competitive matches for Velez Sarsfield.

Prestianni’s performances have not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid among the clubs interested in his services. As per the report, the Merengues have even made the first move by establishing contact with the player’s agent.

It appears the club are exploring the possibility of snapping up Prestianni’s services, before other clubs come searching for him. At the age of just 16, the attacker has shown a lot of promise at the youth level, with many believing that he could ply his trade at a higher stage.

To that end, Real Madrid have contacted with his agent, Rolando Zarate, who played for the club in the early 2000s. The 16-year-old is a right-footed winger, who prefers to play on the left and has been compared to Endrick due to their age and potential.

In fact, the two even crossed paths in the Montaigu Tournament finals earlier this year, which Brazil’s youth team won by defeating Argentina.

A move to Real Madrid could guarantee Prestianni that platform to showcase his qualities to a higher audience. However, it must be noted that Prestianni will not be eligible to move to Europe until he turns 18.

The 1.66m attacker may have to continue playing for Velez Sarsfield for the time being. A definitive update on his future may come in the coming months, as the youngster is not in a position to not only move to Europe but also make such a big decision in his career.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.

After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.

The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.

A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.

Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.

But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.

At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.

However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.

For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.

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