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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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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy



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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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