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Real Madrid set sights on yet another teenage Brazilian wonderkid, Barcelona also keen

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Real Madrid have tasted great success with their recruitment from South America with the likes of Federico Valverde, Vinicius Jr., and Rodrygo Goes becoming pillars in the first-team setup in recent years.

Soon enough, Endrick will also be joining the Merengues, with the club having signed him from Palmeiras in a big-money deal in December 2022 itself.

And, it appears that Real Madrid’s scouting department has been alerted by another exciting young talent from Brazil.

Kaua Elias on Real Madrid’s radar

Telefoot via Mundo Deportivo is reporting that Real Madrid have set their sights on Fluminense striker Kaua Elias.

The 17-year-old centre-forward has been making an impression with the Brazil Under-17 national team, having scored nine goals from 12 appearances already.

That tally includes a stunning hat-trick against New Caledonia at the FIFA U-17 World Cup last year in Indonesia.

Despite his young age, Kaua Elias has already made his senior debut for Fluminense, although he has just a solitary cap for them. Irrespective of that, though, the teenage striker is widely regarded as one of the most promising prospects coming through in Brazil.

Barcelona also interested

Given his potential and promise, it is only natural for clubs from Europe to take note of Kaua Elias, with Real Madrid having done just that.

However, as it happens, their arch-rivals Barcelona are also understood to be interested in the 17-year-old gem as per the report.

The Blaugrana have upped their focus on the Brazilian market particularly after Deco took over as sporting director and have identified Elias as a possible recruit for the future.

Elias will turn 18 in March this year and would be able to move to Europe come summer. However, the youngster’s contract with Fluminense runs until December 31, 2026, so he could cost big bucks if any of the clubs tried to sign him.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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