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Real Madrid to hand an improved contract until 2027 to Spanish playmaker – report
According to a report from ABC (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are ready to hand Brahim Diaz an opportunity to make a breakthrough in the first team next season.
Diaz is currently on the second of his two-year loan spell at AC Milan. With 16 goals and 10 assists in 109 competitive matches, the former Manchester City starlet has been a bankable player or the Rossoneri.
Therefore, AC Milan are reportedly keen to make efforts to sign him on a permanent deal at the end of the season, although at a lower fee than the €22 million price agreed upon as part of the loan agreement.
Real Madrid, though, appear to rate him highly and are willing to accommodate him in their first-team plans next season.
Real Madrid’s plan to incorporate Brahim Diaz starts with giving the player a contract extension. His current deal at the club expires in 2025, but the club are set to hand him a renewal that could extend his contract till 2027. There will also be a salary increase.
Real Madrid’s convincing to incorporate Diaz into the teams comes after positive feedback from Paolo Maldini and Stefano Pioli. His growth in Milan is understood to have impressed the Real Madrid coaching staff.
The Whites even see him as a viable option in the right-wing position – someone who can provide depth and has the ability to make himself a first-team regular.
This also comes against the backdrop of uncertainty surrounding the future of Marco Asensio. Although the Spaniard is in talks with the club over a renewal, he has been courted by a host of top clubs across Europe, who are willing to provide him with more game-time.
That is Brahim Diaz comes into the fray, and it will be interesting to see whether or not the former Man City starlet has what it takes to become successful at Santiago Bernabeu.
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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.
After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.
The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.
A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.
Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.
But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.
At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.
However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.
For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.