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Real Madrid midfielder will complete his €8 million transfer to La Liga club tomorrow – report

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Journalist Rodra has confirmed that Real Madrid’s 21-year-old midfielder Sergio Arribas will travel to Almeria tomorrow to seal his permanent move for a deal worth €8 million, with Madrid retaining 50% of the player’s rights.

The journalist writes that at Almeria, the youngster will earn more than €2 million per season, which is, in fact, four times more than what he used to earn at Real Madrid Castilla.

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It is no secret that although Arribas is rated highly at Real Madrid, there would have been no place for the 21-year-old in the senior team next season mostly because Carlo Ancelotti already has his starting squad fixed.

This is why the Spanish capital club were rushing to find a solution for Arribas.

Real Madrid had been demanding €10 million in exchange for 50% of his rights, but have now settled for a sum slightly lower than that.

There was no shortage of suitors

Interest in Arribas had been gathered steam since the beginning of 2023. Apart from Almeria, the 21-year-old had the option to sign for a bigger team in Sevilla, but the Europa League title holders asked him to wait until the end of the window.

On his way out. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Neither Madrid nor the player were willing to take the unnecessary risk and the midfielder, in particular, wanted to sign for a team before the new season begins, which is why the negotiations fell through.

It is said that almost every La Liga team, except for Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, expressed interest in Arribas.

Both Real Madrid and the player anyway preferred a team from Spain, a team with possession-based football in particular.

Arribas was quite clear about his demands, he wanted to have his future resolved this week and it has been fulfilled by Real Madrid.

Real Betis made a last-ditch attempt as well but it all came down between Sevilla, Mallorca, and Almeria.

Out of those, Almeria and Mallorca were said to be the strongest options due to Sevilla’s limitations and the former walked out with the player’s signature after agreeing to pay €8 million.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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