Even as Real Madrid prepare for the shock departure of Casemiro to Manchester United, they could welcome a new signing into the club imminently.
According to journalist Sergio Santos, teenage sensation Iker Bravo is set to have his medical today to complete his transfer from German club Bayer Leverkusen to Real Madrid.
The 17-year-old prodigy came through the youth ranks at Los Blancos’ arch-rivals Barcelona but left La Masia for Leverkusen last summer. He made his first-team debut for the Bundesliga outfit last season but largely played for their U-17 and U-19 sides, making a huge impression.
Bravo’s potential and performances in Germany have now earned him a swift move back to his homeland, with a move to Real Madrid all but completed. The reigning Spanish and European champions fought off interest from neighbours Atletico Madrid to clinch his signing.
As per the report, the teenage striker will be joining the Merengues on a season-long loan with an option to purchase. The two clubs have already reached full agreement over the transfer and he will complete his medical sometime today.
However, an official confirmation might be delayed by a few days due to some process involving FIFA.
Bravo, once he arrives, would be expected to slot in with Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under club legend Raul Gonzalez.
However, given the lack of options in the No. 9 role behind Karim Benzema in the first-team setup, there could be an outside chance that the teenager gets a look-in into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans at some stage of the season.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.