After completing the required formalities for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, Real Madrid are now focused on reinforcing the Castilla, and for that, Malaga’s Loren Zuniga and Deportivo’s Noel Lopez have been identified as potential targets.
Spanish news outlet Diario AS says although Zuniga has a valid contract with Malaga until 2024, those sitting in Real Madrid’s offices have already begun talks for the summer transfer. The outlet also credits the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Juventus with an interest.
One good thing for Madrid, though, is that the player’s priority, in case he does leave, will be to play in Spain and sign for Real.
Noel Lopez, on the other hand, is proving out to be a tough nut to crack. It’s being said that Real have been trying to close his deal for months but their efforts haven’t really come to fruition.
Such has been Real’s interest in Lopez that the youngster was even invited to watch the team’s home game against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
However, the only thing hindering the progress is Atletico Madrid’s interest. And apart from the two Madrid teams, other foreign teams have expressed interest too.
AS claims Real’s interest in Loren Zuniga and Noel Lopez comes after two of their own Castilla players are on the verge of exits. This includes the likes of Juanmi Latasa and Andri Gudjohnsen.
While Latasa and Gudjohnsen still have contracts until 2024 and 2023 respectively, lack of first-team football means the duo is on the hunt to find new teams that fulfil their wishes.
At Real, they understand the situation quite well and believe at this stage, it’s completely fine to ask for a better place in the first team, but at this moment, there is simply no place for it.
Real Madrid keeping a close eye on Girona and Bayer Leverkusen for transfer opportunities – report
It’s no secret that Real Madrid are always looking out for new talents. Over the past few years, the Los Blancos have moved their transfer policy from buying top-rated Galacticos to investing in future generations.
In that regard, the likes of Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, and even Endrick for that matter, fall into the same category.
So as they continue to scout for new talents across the continent, a report from MARCA has affirmed that two teams – Girona and Bayer Leverkusen – are being looked upon for player opportunities.
Now, Real Madrid know which position they need to reinforce and for that particular matter, we have reported that Girona right-back Yan Couto is being looked upon.
What about Leverkusen?
Bayern Leverkusen have been the most stand-out team in Europe this season. The collective intelligence under the watchful eyes of Xabi Alonso has culminated in extraordinary results to the extent that they are yet to lose a game so far.
Within the team, a certain Jeremie Frimpong happens to be one of the many players linked with Real Madrid. Apart from the right-back, Florian Wirtz is another Leverkusen player who is being scouted by the Madrid staff.
As far as the right-back is concerned, we have reported that the 22-year-old has a release clause worth €40 million, but that can only be activated in the summer of 2024.
Furthermore, even if the suitor is willing to meet the clause, they must settle on favourable payment terms with Leverkusen.
As for Wirtz, the 20-year-old German is enjoying a great season, having scored eight goals and 12 assists in 25 matches so far. As of today, there happen to be several interested parties and Real Madrid are said to be one of them.
For now, the Los Blancos are only expected to keep a keen eye on the potential targets and any decision will likely be taken towards the end of the season when the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will decide on their future.