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Real Madrid target could be sold in January, but only for a club-record fee

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Cody Gakpo’s stellar run at the World Cup has some of Europe’s top clubs all over him. His profile is seen as a unique blend of lethal finishing and intelligent movements, a combination rarely found on the market.

Real Madrid too were said to be interested in Gakpo following his exploits with PSV Eindhoven and the Netherlands national team. Along with the Merengues, teams like Manchester United and Liverpool have also been mentioned as suitors for the winger.

And according to GOAL, PSV are now open to selling their top star but have some conditions that must be met beforehand.

The PSV Director of football, Marcel Brands spoke earlier this week about the situation of Gakpo and said that the player could only leave for a club record transfer fee.

“You have to be realistic. If you talk about Cody Gakpo and the price tag attached to him, there may be 10 to 12 clubs in Europe that can afford him. Amounts have not been discussed, but if the right club comes then Cody would like to go,” he said.

“Those agreements were already made before I came. It must be a record transfer for PSV anyway. Then you know in which direction it should go.”

Brands then added that the club were unaware of the parties interested in his signing and that all negotiations at the moment were only taking place with the player’s agent.

“In the media, it seems like all the clubs are lining up, but the reality is that we don’t know anything about interest or anything yet. It’s quiet.

“I’ve spoken to Cody, he’s going on vacation for 10 days. If something is at play, it is perhaps known to Cody or his management, but not to us yet.”

While Real Madrid have been linked with the youngster, signing him could be a difficult proposition, especially with PSV demanding a club-record fee for him.

Los Blancos have recently invested heavily in the imminent signing of 16-year-old prodigy Endrick and could find it tricky to splash the cash again on Gakpo.

In five World Cup appearances in Qatar, the 23-year-old scored three goals and averaged two key passes per game. He has been in phenomenal form in the Eredivisie too, scoring nine goals and providing 12 assists in just 14 league appearances.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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