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Real Madrid starlet seals €5 million permanent transfer to AC Milan

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Real Madrid sent out three first-team players on loan last summer, while the Castilla side also had several younger players out on loan

After rising through the ranks at Los Blancos, Alex Jimenez joined AC Milan on loan last summer with a €5 million purchase option, allowing him to further his development.

During Alex Jimenez’s year at Milan, he made five appearances for the first team under manager Stefano Pioli and established himself as a regular in the reserve team.

AC Milan sign Jimenez permanently

Now, according to MARCA, Real Madrid and Milan have reached an agreement for Alex Jimenez.

The right-back, a product of Real Madrid’s academy, has officially moved to AC Milan for €5 million, following the activation of the purchase clause in his loan agreement.

Milan have been thoroughly impressed by Jimenez’s performances and decided to make his spell permanent given the immense potential he displayed.

Alex Jimenez will join AC Milan permanently. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

The Rossoneri have already drawn up a plan for the teenage prospect. As per the information, Jimenez will alternate between Milan’s Under-23 squad and the first team in the upcoming season as they intend to phase him into the squad gradually.

He debuted for the senior team last year, playing in five official matches. The management at Milan is very confident in his ability and believes he will have a fantastic future at San Siro.

Jimenez’s Youth League performance was noteworthy, especially since he was instrumental in Milan’s advancement to the final. His performance in this tournament served as more evidence of his promise and potential as a gifted full-back.

Considering the competition in the Real Madrid squad, it was unlikely that the 19-year-old would have been granted frequent playtime; as such, his exit suits all parties involved.

The Merengues will continue to bank on Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez next season, while also keeping tabs on elite right-backs like Achraf Hakimi and Reece James to sign in the distant future.

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Former Real Madrid defender breaks silence on possible return rumours

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Real Madrid’s left-back situation this summer is filled with intrigue. The futures of Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia are uncertain, while long-time target Alphonso Davies has yet to be signed.

Amidst this uncertainty, Miguel Gutierrez has emerged as a potential candidate for Real Madrid, with the Castilla graduate impressing during his time at Girona.

Gutierrez opens up about potential homecoming

The 22-year-old left-back departed Real Madrid for Girona in the summer of 2022 for a modest fee of €4 million.

However, as is customary practice with many young academy graduates departing the club, Madrid astutely negotiated a 50% sell-on clause in his Girona contract.

The Merengues also integrated a cost-effective buyback option of just €8 million, making his potential return to the club this summer a stark possibility.

Gutierrez has done well at Girona. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

Touching upon the possibility of a return, Gutierrez acknowledged Real Madrid’s buyback option, expressing his lifelong support for the club. However, he emphasized focusing on the present, particularly the upcoming Olympic Games.

“It is true that Real Madrid have a buyback option that depends on them, but I have always been a Real Madrid fan, and it is a pleasure for me to have my name appear there,” he told EFE Deportes.

“But this is something that must be left aside and focused on what matters now, which is the Olympic Games.”

As an underlapping full-back with tremendous qualities in possession, Gutierrez has the potential to offer something different compared to the likes of Mendy and Garcia.

However, it remains to be seen if Real Madrid can get their hands on Davies, as his arrival would likely imperil the Spaniard’s chances of joining.

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