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Real Madrid surprise frontrunners to sign Barcelona target with £50 million release clause

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According to the latest report from Daily Star, Real Madrid have entered the race to sign Manchester City superstar Bernardo Silva and could be the frontrunners to secure his services.

The Portuguese’s future at Manchester City has been called into question of late despite committing his future to the Premier League champions until 2026, having signed an extension in August 2023.

By signing an extension, the 29-year-old effectively ended Barcelona’s pursuit last year, putting an end to a long chase.

The reason why the City playmaker has attracted so much attention is because of this £50 million (€58 million) release clause; something that has alerted not only Madrid, but also the likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, and Arsenal.

Bernardo Silva prefers Spain

According to the outlet, if the player decides to leave, he seems to prefer Spain as his next destination. 

Bernardo Silva could be available for just €58 million. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

It is to be noted that Manchester City bought the Portuguese midfielder from Monaco for around €69 million in 2017, and his potential departure could see him joining one of Spain’s top clubs. 

Since Barcelona are struggling to gather the necessary funds for a deal, Real Madrid likely have the edge in the race.

Bernardo Silva to Real Madrid?

With Luka Modric’s time at Real Madrid nearing its end, the team acknowledges the need for experienced players in their relatively young squad. 

Silva, a seasoned player with five league titles, a Champions League victory, two FA Cups, and four League Cups at City, is considered an ideal candidate to bring his expertise to Real Madrid.

As of today, Silva remains content at Manchester City and has no plans to join another Premier League club, effectively ruling out a move to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal. 

However, it does appear likely that if he is to move, he will move abroad, with Real Madrid positioned to secure his transfer and win the race for his signature.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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