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Real Madrid set to lose 18-year-old former academy whizkid to Barcelona – report

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Real Madrid, in recent years, have made it a point to try and recruit the most exciting, young talents from within Spain and outside.

However, the strategy has not always yielded success, with the club having missed out on a few talents every now and then.

And, it appears like the Merengues are about to see another talented teenage talent slip out of their hands and sign for a bitter rival.

Marcos Parriego headed to Barcelona

Indeed, as per journalist Rodra P, Real Madrid and Manchester City have been beaten by Barcelona in the race to sign teenage playmaker Marcos Parriego.

The 18-year-old left-footed star is a player comfortable playing across multiple positions in the final third and has shone brightly in youth football for Rayo Vallecano this season.

Before playing for Rayo’s academy, Parriego used to be a part of Real Madrid’s La Fabrica youth setup and played until the Alevin level, before being released by the club.

Following that, the teenager joined Rayo, where he has excelled, especially in the ongoing season, alerting scouts from Real Madrid, Barcelona as well as Manchester City.

Two reasons behind decision

The report outlines that Parriego has chosen to sign for Barcelona despite having offers from both Real Madrid and Manchester City, particularly for two major reasons.

Firstly, it is claimed that Barcelona’s offer was economically bigger than what was presented by both Real Madrid and Manchester City.

On top of that, the sporting project that the current La Liga champions presented to the youngster was more attractive.

The progression and breakthrough of talents like Lamine Yamal, Pau Cubarsi, Alejandro Balde, and Gavi in the first-team setup at Barcelona convinced him that he would have a greater chance to break into the senior team at Barça than at Real Madrid.

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Real Madrid star unlikely to travel to London with the rest of the squad

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Real Madrid will be on their way to England this Thursday as they gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The players and the staff will be on a flight to London tomorrow to prepare for the clash at Wembley.

However, according to a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin might not travel with the rest of the team tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper has not trained for three days in a row after coming down with the flu.

Lunin has overcome the flu, but he still has the virus and there is still a chance he could be contagious.

Lunin will not travel with the rest of the team. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid, aware of the importance of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, are considering leaving the Ukrainian behind to avoid any possible contagion ahead of the Champions League final.

The goalkeeper will likely not travel with the rest of the expedition to London on Thursday and will fly alone on Saturday to avoid the risk of infection.

On Thursday, Lunin will undergo another check-up and, depending on the viral load, he could even travel on Friday. But it seems impossible for him to travel with his teammates.

It has already been suggested that Lunin would be making way for Thibaut Courtois in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The likelihood of that has increased following the events of this week.

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