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Real Madrid still tracking 19-year-old Barcelona target after failing to strike summer deal



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Real Madrid have ‘not taken their eyes off’ of Las Palmas wonderkid Alberto Moleiro, who is also a target for their bitter rivals Barcelona. This claim comes from AS, who state that the likes of Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund are also keen on the teenager.

Moleiro has been touted as one of the finest young prospects in Spain and has been one of Las Palmas’ better performers over the past eighteen months or so. The 19-year-old garnered a lot of attention during the summer transfer window, especially from Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Barça held talks with Las Palmas but could not meet their demands due to financial problems. As for Real Madrid, the Merengues were keen on signing the attacking midfielder but wanted him to be a part of their Castilla outfit, which did not convince the teenager.

The possibility to sign for Real Madrid and the join a first-division club on loan might have appealed to Moleiro. But the club’s desire to use him with the Castilla team, who play in the First RFEF division, did not convince the 19-year-old, as he would be dropping a level lower given that Las Palmas play in La Liga 2.

As a result, the move fell through with negotiations failing to progress. But Real Madrid are said to have continued keeping tabs on Moleiro’s development.

The 19-year-old has a contract with Las Palmas that runs until 2026. It contains a release clause worth €30 million which could rise to €60 million if the club earn promotion to La Liga next year.

Furthermore, Barcelona are considering stepping up their pursuit of Moleiro in January itself, while the interest from Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund could make things trickier for Real Madrid. For now, though, they continue to monitor all developments surrounding the teenager.

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How Real Madrid can cope with Brahim Diaz’s AFCON leave



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Real Madrid will face a significant challenge in the middle part of the 2025/2026 season.

The 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is set to take place in Morocco from December 21, 2025, to January 18, 2026, which could lead to the temporary loss of one of their key players, Brahim Diaz.

Brahim Diaz, an integral part of Real Madrid’s squad, is likely to be called up to represent Morocco in the tournament.

Under FIFA regulations, Real Madrid cannot refuse to release him for international duty. His potential absence could create a void in the squad during a crucial part of the season.

Diaz, whose contract with Real Madrid runs until 2027, has been a standout performer. In the recently concluded season, the 24-year-old scored 12 goals and provided 9 assists in 44 appearances for Los Blancos.

His contributions have been vital to the team’s success, and his absence will certainly be felt.

Three potential solutions for Real Madrid

To mitigate the impact of Diaz’s potential absence, Real Madrid could look to other talents within their squad. One promising option is Arda Güler, often referred to as the “Turkish Pearl.”

In his debut season with Real Madrid, the 19-year-old showcased his abilities despite having a relatively reserved role for most of the campaign.

Güler’s prominence increased towards the end of the season, especially after Real Madrid had already secured the league title. He finished the season with 6 goals in 12 appearances, demonstrating his potential to step up when needed.

Güler’s ability to play in advanced midfield positions and his knack for scoring could make him a suitable replacement for Diaz during the AFCON period.

This opportunity could also accelerate the player’s development, providing him with more significant playing time and a chance to solidify his place in the team.

Another option for Real Madrid would be to make a signing in the summer of 2025 to cater for Brahim’s vacancy.

Currently, the name of Germany and Leverkusen ace Florian Wirtz has been mentioned as a possibility for Real Madrid in a year.

His versatility and vision on the ball make him a good option to replace Brahim Diaz in the squad.

Lastly, with the absence of signings, Real Madrid can look into their youth side and call up Nico Paz to the first team for the one month Brahim Diaz will be out for.

The 19-year-old scored 11 goals and 4 assists in the just-ended season, with one of the goals coming in the UEFA Champions League against Napoli when he had his chance in the first team.

He has the vision, drive, and skillset that make him a like-for-like replacement for Brahim Diaz.

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