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Real Madrid not prioritising the arrival of €85 million Argentine star – report

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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 midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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