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Real Madrid targeting 16-year-old Argentine prodigy – report

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Real Madrid are currently on a hunt for young talents across the world. They are one of many clubs interested in the services of Palmeiras whizkid Endrick, but the young Brazilian is not their only target.

According to MARCA, Real Madrid have set their sights on Gianluca Prestianni as well. The 16-year-old is currently plying his trade for Velez Sarsfield’s subsidiary squad and is regarded as one of the most talented young players to come out of Argentina in recent years.

A winger by trade, Prestianni has been performing consistently in the youth division of Argentine football. He notably has five appearances for the Argentine U17 setup and is considered one of the future stars of the nation.

Prestianni recently became the youngest player to debut for Velez Sarsfield, when he appeared as a substitute against Estudiantes in Copa Libertadores.

Many in his native Argentina believe the 16-year-old has what it takes to become a regular in the Velez Sarsfield squad and continue his rapid progress in domestic football. However, he is facing difficulties in breaking into the senior squad, as Velez continue to rely on older stars.

Nevertheless, Real Madrid have been alerted to his situation and want to prize him out of the club. Although the player is not eligible to move to Europe until he is 18, the Whites are already sowing the seeds of a potential agreement.

To Real Madrid’s advantage, Prestianni’s agent, Rolando Zarate, has played for Los Blancos in the past and had even visited Madrid over the past couple of months. The negotiations between the two parties remain fluid as of now.

Although Real Madrid have not yet made any strides in their pursuit of Prestianni, they could soon step up their efforts and snap up the services of the young forward, who is set to turn 17 in January next year.

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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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