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Real Madrid offered €60 million-rated Juventus midfield target by agent

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Real Madrid are on the lookout for reinforcements in midfield next summer and have several players on their agenda.

Borussia Dortmund youngster Jude Bellingham is at the top of the shopping list for Los Blancos. But his valuation and the competition for his services could force them to look elsewhere.

And one name that is now doing the rounds as a possible option for Real Madrid is Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu on several occasions in the past. But Lazio’s €100 million valuation of their midfield mainstay led to the move never materialising.

However, Milinkovic-Savic’s contract with the Italian capital club expires in 2024. And, as things stand, he has shown no indication of wanting to sign a new deal. And given that he will be entering the final year of his contract in the summer, an exit looks likely.

And, as per Corriere dello Sport (h/t SPORT), Milinkovic-Savic’s agent, Mateja Kezman, is offering his client to several top clubs across Europe, including Real Madrid.

The report indicates that Kezman could meet the Spanish capital outfit in the near future in order to explain to them the midfielder’s situation and assess their interest in signing Milinkovic-Savic.

As mentioned earlier, Real Madrid are on the lookout for a new midfielder and have made Bellingham their top target. The Merengues have identified Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans as a Plan B if they miss out on the England international.

So, while Milinkovic-Savic can be an option for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, he is not considered a priority at the moment. And Real Madrid would be unwilling to match his €60 million valuation as things stand.

In case Lazio lower their asking price for the Serbian international, Real Madrid could consider making a bid, although they will have to face competition from Juventus.

The Bianconeri’s interest in the 27-year-old is much more concrete than Madrid’s and there is a strong belief that the midfielder could end up in Turin next summer unless he pushes for a move to Real Madrid, which forces Lazio to lower their asking price.

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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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