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Real Madrid, Man City face fresh Premier League competition for 18-year-old prodigy

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Real Madrid have been paying serious attention to the Brazilian market over the past years for the next best talent coming through in the South American nation.

Having tasted success with the signings of Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes, Real Madrid also brought in Reinier Jesus and are already working on a deal for 16-year-old Palmeiras sensation, Endrick.

Now, the Daily Mail is reporting that Real Madrid have another Brazilian prodigy on their radars in the form of Matheus Franca. However, the 18-year-old is also being tracked by Manchester City, while more recently, Crystal Palace have also entered the race.

A product of the Flamengo academy, Franca made his senior debut for the club in December last year and has since gone on to make 25 appearances, in which he has scored six goals.

An attacking midfielder by trade, the 18-year-old is capable of playing on the left flank or even as a centre-forward.

Franca signed a new contract with Flamengo in June earlier this year, committing his future to the club until the summer of 2027. The deal is said to consist of a massive release clause worth €100 million.

Real Madrid have already raided Flamengo twice in the recent past for the captures of Vinicius and Reinier. And Franca has emerged as the next possible target for the Spanish and European champions.

However, there is increased competition for the 18-year-old’s signing, with Manchester City, Bayer Leverkusen and even Manchester United said to be keen.

Crystal Palace are also interested in the Brazilian prodigy and have even made enquiries for his signing. In fact, the report claims that the Eagles would be willing to pay £15 million (€17 million) and a future sell-on percentage for the 18-year-old.

It remains to be seen if Real Madrid react to Crystal Palace’s move and make their own push for Franca or decide to pass up on his signing.

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France NT growing concerned about Real Madrid star’s fitness ahead of Euros

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Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni is currently with the French National Team in preparation for the upcoming European Championships.

Didier Deschamps and Co. were hoping that the defensive midfielder would make a complete recovery from the stress injury on his left foot in time for the Euros, but his situation does not appear as favourable any longer.

With the commencement of the competition approaching fast, the French setup are worried and must make a decision fast, as revealed by SPORT.

Long time out

Les Bleus are still living in the optimism that Tchouameni will make it back in time for the premier event. With every passing day, however, the Real Madrid star’s availability is looking more distant.

After all, the deep-lying midfielder last played over a month ago in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich. Since then, he missed four league games, the UCL final and two friendly games with the national team.

Tchouameni has been injured for over a month. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Should the Frenchman recover in time, there will be questions raised about his match-fitness and rightly so for 40 days is a very long hiatus in the world of football.

Urgent decision

The medical team of the French national setup have reportedly devised a specific plan to ensure that the youngster recovers at the earliest and is available for the event in Germany.

Deschamps, however, has a critical decision to make as he will not be allowed to make any changes to his squad after the tournament begins. His deadline, thus, is the 17th of June before his team’s clash against Austria.

The manager hopes to recover Tchouameni at all costs and will likely wait until the nth minute before taking a decision.

Should a replacement be required, a UEFA Medical Committee doctor will have to confirm that the injury is indeed as serious as the camp believe.

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