Real Madrid defender Rafa Marin is a wanted man, to say the very least. The 20-year-old, who is yet to make a senior appearance for the team, is being looked upon by several European elites, among which are Chelsea and Manchester City, according to GOL (h/t Madrid Xtra).
Marin, 20, has less than 18 months left on his current Real Madrid contract and for now, the parties involved are yet to enter the talks over a potential renewal. Given the situation at hand, the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City are looking to pounce on the given opportunity.
For now, however, despite the evident interest, Spanish publication AS (ht/Madrid Xtra) has claimed that the defender’s priority is to renew his deal with Real Madrid, although he also wants the team to present him with a project that would involve him as a key component.
Chelsea, above all, are looking to make a move in the summer itself. They know it is going to be difficult for Marin to break into Real Madrid’s first team and with only 18 months left in his current deal, he might be available for a knockdown price this summer.
This is because if renewal talks fail with Madrid, the team will want to cash in on him in the summer rather than lose him for free next year.
Chelsea have been extensively scouting Marin over the last couple of months and he could be available for a fee of around £5 to £10 million. But, with Manchester City also entering the race, things could get tricky for the Blues.
Meanwhile, apart from the aforementioned Premier League duo, the likes of Juventus and RB Leipzig are also thought to be in the race to sign Marin.
It will be up to Real Madrid now to ensure that one of the most promising young defenders to have come through their academy remains at the club beyond this summer.
Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender
With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.
A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.
While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.
Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez
Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.
The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.
As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.
So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.
Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.
Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.