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Real Madrid scout Barcelona, PSG, Chelsea target with €100 million release clause

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Having just announced the capture of Endrick from Palmeiras, Real Madrid have seemingly turned their attention towards another prized jewel from Brazil in the form of Vitor Roque.

Indeed, according to GE Globo, Real Madrid have sent scouts to keep an eye on the 17-year-old Athletico Paranaense striker, who has a massive release clause worth €100 million. However, the teenage forward is also on the radars of Barcelona, Chelsea, and PSG.

It must be noted that these exact clubs were competing for the signing of Endrick. However, Barça could not compete in the race due to their financial issues while Chelsea and PSG could not turn the youngster’s head despite their best attempts.

But, it seems like all four teams are now set to go to war again for the signing of Vitor Roque.

The 17-year-old arrived at Athletico Paranaense from Cruzeiro earlier this year, in a deal worth around €4.4 million, which made him the club’s all-time record signing.

Since joining, he has made 36 appearances, scoring seven goals and setting up three more, helping them progress to the Copa Libertadores finals.

Vitor Roque is contracted with Athletico until the summer of 2027 and has a massive release clause worth €100 million. Given that he will be turning 18 in February next year, interested clubs would be able to land him next summer.

With Karim Benzema in the final phase of his career, Real Madrid have seemingly earmarked Endrick as the long-term No. 9 at the club. Having someone like Vitor Roque compete for the slot would be beneficial for the Spanish capital club in the longer run.

But given that the likes of PSG, Chelsea, and Barcelona missed out on Endrick, they will be gunning to beat Real Madrid to sign Roque.

The teenager has previously admitted to idolising Real Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo and has spoken of securing a ‘dream transfer’ to Europe. Whether it will be to the Santiago Bernabeu or a different destination remains to be seen.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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