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Real Madrid reignite interest in €20 million-rated Barcelona defensive target – report

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Real Madrid have decided to take a deep dive into the transfer market to look for a right-back, and if a report from SPORT is to be believed, they have set their sights on Real Valladolid full-back Ivan Fresneda.

Real Madrid’s interest in Fresneda is not new. In fact, the team from the capital had thought of approaching the player in the past but had decided to not pursue him.

However, after Dani Carvajal’s poor performance in the pre-season, they are evaluating the option once again, given that Alvaro Odriozola will be sold and Lucas Vazquez is a makeshift defender and is also in his thirties.

Real Madrid’s plan to stun Barcelona

It must be noted that Frenseda is also a subject of interest for Barcelona, who too are actively hunting a right-back.

Now, the Blaugrana have Joao Cancelo as a priority but if the move fails due to financial reasons, Fresneda remains their contingency.

Real Madrid have already snatched Arda Guler from Barcelona despite Deco’s best attempts and they plan to do the same with the Valladolid defender.

The 18-year-old has a release clause of €20 million and Real Madrid are more than willing to put more money on the table.

By increasing the price of the deal, Barcelona will stumble from the track and this is where Madrid will strike.

Fresneda back on Real Madrid’s radar. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

The Blaugrana have reportedly made an offer of €8 million plus €10 million in variables and are willing to include Estanis Pedrola in the deal. But if Real Madrid come up with a better proposal, they could take the lead in the race.

Madrid’s hunt for a right-back

At 31 years of age, Carvajal is not getting any younger.

This means in case of an injury, the team from the capital city will have to resort back to using Vazquez or Nacho in the right-back spot.

It must, however, be noted that both the backup options are not natural full-backs and are in their thirties as well. In fact, both their contracts expire next year too.

This is why Madrid have decided to re-evaluate the Fresneda case. The 18-year-old is a former trainee of the club’s academy and enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in La Liga last season.

Given his age, he could turn out to be a long-term investment for the Merengues.

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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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