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Real Madrid, Manchester United target would like Barcelona transfer – German sources

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According to German journalist Christian Falk (via Caught Offside), RB Leipzig attacking midfielder Dani Olmo, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, would like to join FC Barcelona. The Spaniard would also be open to a transfer to the Premier League.

Earlier this month, reports in Spain claimed that Olmo had emerged as a possible target for Real Madrid heading into the summer window. The former Barcelona academy ace is set to enter the final year of his contract at RB Leipzig, who are having difficulties in renewing him.

It was suggested that Olmo is keen on returning to Spain and would look favourably towards a transfer to Real Madrid despite his past allegiances with Barça. It was even suggested that preliminary contacts had already taken place between the two parties.

However, Christian Falk is now claiming that Olmo ideally like to join Barcelona in the summer, although he would be open to a transfer to the Premier League where Manchester United are said to be interested.

“Another Bundesliga midfielder hotly discussed in the Premier League is Dani Olmo. The Spaniard would like to join FC Barcelona, ​​but is not averse to a move to England,” Falk said.

“Manchester United are also among those interested whilst Leipzig are struggling to renew Olmo’s contract. The problem: Olmo wanted to have an immediate release clause for the summer of 2023 in the new contract.”

Falk adds that the negotiations over a new deal have hit a roadblock as Olmo requested a release clause inserted in the new contract which would come into effect from this summer itself, which the club are reluctant to do.

As he gets set to enter the final year of his contract, the chances of an exit are increasing, especially with negotiations over an extension stalling.

But with Olmo still seemingly favouring a move to Barcelona and clubs like Manchester United as well as Tottenham understood to be in the picture, whether Real Madrid are prepared to go after Olmo in the summer remains to be seen.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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