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Real Madrid set to lose 17-year-old academy gem, could insert buyback clause

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Paulo Iago has been heralded as one of the finest young prospects coming through the academy at Real Madrid.

The 17-year-old signed a new contract with the Spanish capital club last year, committing to the club until the summer of 2025.

However, just one year into the new deal, it appears that a parting of ways is now on the cards for the Spanish attacking midfield prodigy.

Paulo Iago tells Real Madrid he wants out

Indeed, according to Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, Paulo Iago wants to leave Real Madrid in the summer transfer window and has communicated the same to the club already.

Rumours of a possible departure have been doing the rounds over the past few months, with Iago seemingly unhappy with a lack of opportunities afforded to him in the Juvenil A setup.

Paulo Iago (R) on his way out of Real Madrid. (Photo by Ricardo Nascimento/Getty Images for DFB)

Despite that, it was recently suggested that Real Madrid were trying to negotiate a new contract with the 17-year-old jewel, although there were doubts about an agreement being reached.

Now, Iago is understood to have informed Real Madrid that he will be leaving the club and is waiting for offers from other teams.

What next for Paulo Iago?

Real Madrid are known to insert buyback clauses when they sell youngsters from the club to maintain a degree of control over their future. And there is a possibility that they could go down the same route with Paulo Iago.

As for possible destinations for the Spanish wonderkid, a move to England is ruled out due to Brexit rules as he is still not 18 years old.

Furthermore, it is being suggested that Iago is unlikely to join a Spanish club either. But there are a number of high-profile teams across Europe interested in the teenager.

There is nothing concrete or advanced with any club at this point, but as things stand, Iago is on his way out of Real Madrid.

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Mbappe shirt sales 450% higher than Bellingham’s as Real Madrid rake in €800,000

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Real Madrid realized one of their biggest sporting and commercial ambitions by signing Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer this summer.

Adhering faithfully to their Galacticos philosophy, signing Mbappe exemplified that the Merengues pursue not only elite talent but also renowned figures who carry global recognition.

While Mbappe has yet to play a single minute for the club, he is already busy breaking records at the club.

Mbappe’s shirt sales are through the roof

Indeed, according to El Chiringuito, within a mere day of its launch, Kylian Mbappe’s jersey sales have soared to an astounding 450% higher than those of Jude Bellingham.

Given Bellingham’s huge name in football, this impressive statistic highlights a fervent demand for the French star’s jerseys among supporters worldwide.

Moreover, the club’s online store has reaped substantial financial rewards, generating an impressive sum of €800,000 solely from the sale of Mbappe’s jerseys.

Mbappe shirt sales are through the roof. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On top of that, they have sold more than 7,000 Mbappe shirts at the club’s physical store which will have provided further revenue boost.

Considering that the 2018 World Cup winner will don the number 9 shirt adds to the incredible demand, as several greats of the game have represented this number in the past, including Karim Benzema most recently.

Real Madrid struggling to keep up with the demand

Reports have mentioned that Real Madrid are appealing for patience from their fans as they handle the high volume of sales.

In fact, Real Madrid eventually posted a note on their website warning that delivery delays of up to 4-6 extra weeks may occur due to the great demand for Mbappe’s kits.

Tuesday, July 16 is set aside for his formal presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu, where a full house is expected to greet him, potentially with a large chunk of the fans wearing Mbappe jerseys.

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