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Real Madrid rivalled by Barcelona in pursuit of €45 million Argentine sensation

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As has become well-established in recent days, Real Madrid intend to go after the signing of River Plate teenage sensation Franco Mastantuono.

Just 16 years old, the versatile attacking midfielder has broken into the first-team setup at the Argentine club and is making all the right noises.

A host of top clubs across Europe have taken note, including Real Madrid, with the Merengues understood to be determined to sign him.

However, competition for the youngster continues to grow as the Spanish capital club face a familiar foe in the race for the teenage sensation.

Barcelona enter race for Franco Mastantuono

Indeed, as per TyC Sports, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid’s arch-rivals, Barcelona, have also shown an interest in signing Mastantuono from River Plate.

Both the Spanish heavyweights have always maintained an eye on the best young talents coming up not only within the country but outside as well and have most recently battled over the signings of players like Endrick, Arda Guler, and Pablo Torre.

Now, Mastantuono appears to be on the radars of both teams, with Real Madrid and Barcelona set for a Clasico battle for the 16-year-old’s signing.

Real Madrid, Barcelona want Mastantuono. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

Despite him being just 16, Real Madrid and Barça can sign him right now and do not have to wait until he turns 18 to bring him into the team as he is understood to be holding an Italian passport.

€45 million needed

Mastantuono signed a new contract with River Plate recently, extending his stay at the club until December 31, 2026.

As part of the agreement, he also saw an increase in his release clause amount to €45 million, which will further rise to €50 million in the last ten days of the transfer window.

As things stand, River Plate have no intentions of negotiating a lower fee for their wonderkid, and will point the interested parties to his €45 million release clause.

Given Barcelona’s poor financial situation, this might give an edge to Real Madrid in pursuit of the 16-year-old sensation.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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