Real Madrid negotiating the signings of two highly-rated teenage forwards
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 set to miss out on the capture of 15-year-old attacking prospect
According to the newspaper Ruhrnachrichten (h/t Diario AS), Borussia Dortmund are on the verge of securing the services of Ousmane Diallo, a 15-year-old Spanish talent who has been making waves in the youth departments with his blazing performances.
Currently plying his trade for Deportivo Alaves’ youth squads, Diallo was a target for Real Madrid. The Spanish giants have been monitoring his progress and wanted to incorporate him into the youth team this summer.
Apart from Real Madrid, even Bayern Munich were keen on securing the services of the teenage whizkid, who is regarded as one of the most promising talents born in 2007.
The Spanish talent factory has already produced a couple of players from the same age division in the form of Lamine Yamal and Jesus Fortea, whose capture last year has partly caused a rapid breakdown in relations between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
Diallo is a left winger by trade. He is known for his speed and physicality, which makes him very difficult to shrug off the ball.
Knowing his talent and potential, Real Madrid were involved in the race to sign the youngster this summer. But it appears Borussia Dortmund have beaten them to the chase.
The German outfit plans to incorporate Diallo into their U19 squad this summer, thus giving him the opportunity to showcase his quality in German youth divisions, before he can eventually make a bigger leap.
Real Madrid do have an excellent relationship with Dortmund, though, which will be put to the test as the two clubs indulge in negotiations over the sale of Jude Bellingham.
Real Madrid are hoping to sign Bellingham on a reasonable deal, but Dortmund are likely to demand a hefty sum for the services of the young midfielder, who has taken the footballing world by storm with his aggression, maturity and leadership.