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Real Madrid on the brink of signing South American prodigy in €25 million deal

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Real Madrid will face the herculean task of maintaining their status as reigning La Liga and Champions League title-holders in the years to come.

While the signings of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick will go a long way in ensuring the Merengues can replicate their success from last season, they intend to future-proof the squad to the best of their abilities.

And the signing of Franco Mastantuno will help achieve that goal, with Real Madrid in advanced negotiations to sign the midfielder.

Real Madrid close to completing Mastantuno’s signing

Indeed, according to MARCA, Real Madrid are on the verge of signing Franco Mastantuono from River Plate.

The two clubs have initiated talks, with Real Madrid offering €25 million for the highly sought-after player.

Mastantuono on his way to Madrid. (Photo by Daniel Jayo/Getty Images)

Former Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari is serving as the mediator in these negotiations. Despite receiving higher offers from other clubs, the young midfielder is determined to play for Real Madrid.

Mastantuno likely to join next year

While Los Blancos are fortunate to possess an embarrassment of riches in the midfield department, Toni Kroos’ departure paves the way for a potential new signing.

Still, Real Madrid do not wish to jump the gun and are unwilling to interrupt the 16-year-old’s development in Argentina.

As such, should the deal be finalised this summer, Mastantuono will remain at River Plate until next summer before making the leap to the Spanish capital, even though he would be eligible to join this year.

This approach has worked well for Real Madrid in the past, evidenced by Endrick’s transfer, who signed for Real Madrid in 2022 but will officially join the club this summer.

During his time with River Plate, the attacking midfielder has impressed with his creative potential and Real Madrid values the youngster’s talents immensely.

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Real Madrid occupy second place in UEFA coefficient rankings, behind Manchester City

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With the 2024/25 season only a month away, UEFA have released the latest coefficient rankings for clubs and Real Madrid occupy the second position in the standings, behind Manchester City.

The new season removes the oldest of the five seasons that count towards the rankings from the overall tally and instead adds the one yet to be played, which is currently at zero because none of the big teams have played yet.

And, as like last year, Real Madrid continue to be in the second position behind Manchester City despite having won the UEFA Champions League in the campaign gone by.

With the elimination of points from the 2019/20 season, the ranking is altered to give value to the latest campaigns, but even so, Real Madrid are still unable to overtake City.

Source: UEFA

Pep Guardiola’s side have 123,000 points to Real Madrid’s 119,000 while Bayern Munich sit third with 108,000 points. Liverpool take up the fourth position.

Real Madrid have won two Champions League titles to Manchester City’s one in the last five years.

But Guardiola’s side have managed to reach at least the semi-finals, as well as two finals, in all the editions that count towards the current ranking. That has allowed them to rack up a considerable number of points and still lead the standings.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s arch-rivals, Barcelona have dropped to the 18th position in the standings while Atletico Madrid are just a place above them in the 17th spot.

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