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Real Madrid not prioritising the arrival of €85 million Argentine star – report
Looking ahead to Real Madrid’s next generation, there is no shortage of options in the final third. With Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes growing exponentially and the signing of Endrick close too, there are many leaders in the department.
The other part of the dressing room with sufficient backup is the midfield. Aurelien Tchouameni and Federico Valverde have already become regulars for both club and country, while Eduardo Camavinga promises a bright future too.
Enzo Fernandez was there to be a target for Los Blancos after his consistently high-quality performances for the Albiceleste in the World Cup, and rightfully so. However, there is now a change in the situation.
According to reports from Mario Cortegana, via the Four Amigos Podcast, the Argentine International is no longer a priority for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. However, it is not known whether Los Blancos’ pursuit of him is linked to the situation of Jude Bellingham or not.
The SL Benfica has been one of the finds of the tournament in Qatar. Despite starting on the bench initially, his good performances in the group stage have earned him a starting spot in Lionel Scaloni’s side.
He has taken part in all four of Argentina’s games so far, scoring one goal and providing one assist in the process. In addition to his keen eye for the goal, he averages nine defensive actions per game.
The youngster has had a good record for Benfica too this season, scoring one goal and providing three assists in 13 league starts. Further, he has also created eight big chances and averages two key passes per game.
Recent reports have said that Real Madrid’s main midfield target, Jude Bellingham, is set to join Liverpool next summer after a long transfer saga. The sudden change in direction could bring back the Madrid-based side into the race for Fernandez.
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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.
After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.
The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.
A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.
Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.
But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.
At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.
However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.
For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.