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Real Madrid plan new round of talks to sign 16-year-old South American prodigy

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It is no secret at this point that Real Madrid have taken a keen interest in River Plate teenage prodigy Franco Mastantuono.

The 16-year-old versatile midfielder is enjoying a breakthrough campaign in Argentina and has put several top clubs across Europe on high alert, including Real Madrid.

Los Blancos have already scouted the teenager on multiple occasions and have very good reports on him. So much so that they are ready to go after his signing by using the formula they used to secure Endrick’s services.

Fresh talks to be held

Having already begun initial negotiations with River Plate, Real Madrid are now planning a new round of talks with the Argentine heavyweights for the signing of Franco Mastantuono, reports Fabrizio Romano.

Mastantuono signed a new contract with River Plate earlier this year as part of which his release clause amount was increased to €45 million.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not planning to trigger the €45 million buyout clause for the teenage wonderkid.

Real Madrid going all out for Mastantuono. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

Instead, the Merengues’ idea is to negotiate a fee structure and payment terms to reach a figure close to that mark rather than outright activating the release clause.

There has been no formal proposal made yet and the race remains open, Romano adds.

However, reports in Spain suggested this week that Mastantuono has chosen Real Madrid as his preferred destination and has advised his camp to prioritise the proposals from the new Spanish champions.

It certainly gives Real Madrid an edge in pursuit of the Argentine sensation who could follow in the footsteps of Endrick and become the club’s latest recruit from South America in the near future.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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