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Real Madrid pull out of the race to sign in-demand Bundesliga star – report

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Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich is one of the most sought-after players in the current transfer market as he has caught the attention of several top clubs, including three Premier League giants, PSG, and Barcelona. 

Now, Real Madrid were also interested, but a recent report from SPORT suggests they might step back from the chase, mainly because they are unwilling to pay a transfer fee for Kimmich.

It must be noted that Toni Kroos’ retirement put Real Madrid on high alert. They began looking for a quality yet affordable replacement in the market and Kimmich’s name was among those considered

The German, who has been with Bayern Munich for nine seasons, has one year left on his contract and is contemplating a move. However, with several clubs already approaching him, Real Madrid initially thought about waiting until his contract expired in 2025 to sign him for free.

Real Madrid do not want to compete for Kimmich

It is said that the competition for Kimmich’s signature is intense. Among the Premier League teams, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Arsenal are followed by PSG and Barcelona. 

Real Madrid will not go for Joshua Kimmich. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

The strong interest from these clubs has led Real Madrid to withdraw from the bidding war. Moreover, Kimmich does not align with Real Madrid’s new transfer strategy, which focuses on signing young, talented players who can secure the future of their midfield. 

Interestingly, withdrawing from the race for Kimmich doesn’t mean Real Madrid has stopped looking for midfield reinforcements.

Real Madrid are more than covered

Despite this, some argue that Real Madrid might not need a direct replacement for Kroos. 

Their current squad is well-stocked with midfield talent, including Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Luka Modric, Federico Valverde, Jude Bellingham, and Arda Guler and this depth in midfield might allow them to cope without bringing in someone like Kimmich.

In summary, while Kimmich’s potential move is creating buzz across Europe, Real Madrid seems to be taking a step back. 

They are likely reassessing their priorities and focusing on nurturing the young talent already within their ranks. Meanwhile, the battle for Kimmich’s signature continues, with several top clubs eager to secure his services.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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