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Real Madrid midfielder wanted by several big European teams, club yet to offer renewal

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Real Madrid have several players on their books whose contracts expire at the end of the season. Those include club legends like Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, and Toni Kroos as well as bit-part players like Mariano Diaz and Dani Ceballos.

Reports suggest that Benzema’s extension has already been agreed upon with only the announcement pending, while they are also working to renew Modric and Kroos. The futures of Asensio and Nacho Fernandez, meanwhile remain unclear, while Mariano is certain to leave.

As for Ceballos, the midfielder showed what he can still offer to this Real Madrid team when he stepped up and changed the course of the game last night against Villarreal, even scoring the winning goal in the 3-2 victory that earned Los Blancos a spot in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

According to journalist Sergio Santos, several big European clubs are interested in signing Ceballos as a free agent at the end of the season. At the same time, Real Madrid are yet to make an approach to the Spaniard with a new contract offer.

Carlo Ancelotti had asked the club to renew the midfielder in the summer, but the club did not grant his request. The manager has said on multiple occasions that Ceballos is deserving of more minutes but has not lived up to his words, handing him just 442 minutes of action.

Indeed, the 26-year-old is last in the midfield pecking order at the Bernabeu, behind Modric, Kroos, Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga.

And, as iterated earlier, Real Madrid have made no real movements to try and keep him at the club beyond the current season. Ceballos, for his part, continues to insist that he wants to fight for a place in the team.

But with interest in his services mounting, the Spanish international seems set for the exit doors come summer, with many big European clubs willing to sign him up.

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Premier League club close the doors on defender’s exit amid Real Madrid interest

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Back in March, news surfaced that Real Madrid and Manchester United were both interested in signing Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite

The competition for his signature was fierce, but United eventually shifted their attention to another target, Leny Yoro, leaving Real Madrid without a new defender. 

Despite their interest, Everton’s high valuation of Branthwaite at €80 million made both clubs reconsider their pursuit.

According to a report from The Athletic, Everton’s stance on Branthwaite has now solidified. They are not entertaining any offers for the defender. 

Real Madrid, in reality, never made an official bid. They were merely observing from a distance as Everton turned down two substantial offers from Manchester United. 

The highest of these offers was close to €60 million, including both fixed and variable components, yet it still fell short of Everton’s expectations.

Everton want nothing less than €80 million

Everton’s valuation of Branthwaite is influenced by recent high-profile transfers of defenders like Harry Maguire, Wesley Fofana, and Josko Gvardiol. 

Jarrad Branthwaite will not leave Everton this summer. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

These deals have set a precedent, making Everton firm in their demand of £65-70 million, equivalent to over €82 million, for Branthwaite. Despite his high valuation, Everton is adamant about retaining him, considering him a crucial part of their future plans.

Complicating matters, Everton are facing significant financial difficulties. The club has been in a precarious financial position, confirmed by recent reports. 

The Friedkin Group, owners of Roma and potential new buyers for Everton, have halted negotiations with the club’s current owner, Farhad Moshiri. 

They have accumulated over €600 million in debt, and the uncertainty surrounding its management has only worsened the situation.

In light of these financial troubles, selling Branthwaite for a substantial amount could have provided a much-needed financial boost for Everton. However, the club is reluctant to part with one of their most promising young talents. 

They view Branthwaite as a vital component of their long-term strategy and are unwilling to sell him at a discount, even in their current economic state.

At Goodison Park, the decision to keep Branthwaite despite lucrative offers is a clear statement of their commitment to building a strong future. The young defender is seen as a key asset, and Everton’s refusal to sell him underscores their belief in his potential. 

The club’s financial struggles continue to pose challenges, but they are determined to navigate these difficulties without compromising their long-term vision.

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