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Real Madrid not in the race for 17-year-old Chelsea target despite receiving positive reports

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Earlier this month, reports emerged claiming that Real Madrid had entered the race to sign Estevao Willian, also known as ‘Messinho’, from Palmeiras once he turns 18 next year.

The 17-year-old teenage sensation has been making waves in Brazil with his performances for Palmeiras’ youth team while he has also made a big impression since making his senior debut.

Having struck a deal with the Brazilian club for Endrick in the past, it was believed that Real Madrid could look to engineer a similar operation for Estevao.

Real Madrid ruled out of race for Estevao

However, as per the latest update from Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, Real Madrid are not in the race to sign Estevao Willian from Palmeiras.

Instead, it is Chelsea who appear to be well-positioned to sign the 17-year-old prodigy, as they have already initiated talks with Palmeiras over a deal.

Estevao bound for Chelsea? (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

Real Madrid had followed Estevao and received positive reports on the teenage sensation, the report adds.

However, the poor relationship between the Merengues’ chief scout, Juni Calafat, and the youngster’s agent, Andre Cury, meant that a transfer was not possible.

Instead, it is now Chelsea, who have brought in a plethora of young talents from Brazil in recent times like Angelo Gabriel, Andrey Santos, and Deivid Washington, that are likely to land the generational talent that is Estevao.

The youngster will be eligible to move to England once he turns 18 next year, with Palmeiras prepared to accept an offer of around €30 million (fixed) plus variables based on performance.

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Real Madrid ace misses training for third consecutive day ahead of UCL final

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As Real Madrid get closer and closer to their final game of the season against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League, they are now sweating over the availability of one of their players.

It has already been confirmed that both David Alaba and Aurelien Tchouameni will miss the finals in London due to injuries.

Other than that, Carlo Ancelotti is likely to have the entirety of his squad available at his disposal, although there could be some concerns surrounding Andriy Lunin.

Lunin not in training for the third day in running

Indeed, Andriy Lunin has not participated in team training today, making it three days in a row heading into the Champions League final, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The Real Madrid goalkeeper is down with a fever that has kept him out of training for three days in a row now.

However, the report does add that despite not being in training for three days now, the Ukrainian international will fly to London and be on the squad list for the finals.

But with reports already suggesting that Thibaut Courtois will be starting in goal against Dortmund, Lunin’s continued absence from training only further strengthens the Belgian’s chances.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was absent from training on Tuesday due to personal reasons, is back working with the rest of the squad today. The Spaniard will have no involvement in Saturday’s final though.

Carlo Ancelotti is likely to go with the exact same starting lineup that he named for the Merengues’ final La Liga match against Real Betis.

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