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Real Madrid to pay close attention on former player during World Cup

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Real Madrid are said to be keeping a close eye on the developments of several players at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and if a report from Diario SPORT is to be believed, one of them includes their former prodigy Take Kubo.

The 21-year-old Japan international, who passed his trial to join FC Barcelona’s youth Academy La Masia in 2011, joined Real Madrid in 2019 and was immediately sent on loan to Mallorca in search of regular first-team football.

Between 2019 and 2022, Kubo was shipped on loan to as many as three different teams, including Mallorca (twice), Villarreal and Getafe before being sold to Real Sociedad ahead of the ongoing season for a reported €6.5 million fee.

Interestingly enough, keeping his future in mind, Real Madrid decided to keep 50% of the Japanese player’s rights and will be able to buy him back as his contract includes a buy-back option too.

Over the years, Kubo has become more of an expert in Spanish La Liga, having appeared in more than 100 games in the competition. This season, he has made 17 appearances across all competitions for Real Sociedad while scoring two goals.

Meanwhile, SPORT has also mentioned that the Madrid management will also keep an eye on a certain Marco Asensio at the world event in Qatar. 

The 26-year-old winger ends his current deal at the end of the season and while he wishes to continue, the team management hasn’t made any movement in that regard as of today. But if he stands out among the rest at the world cup, the team might think of his continuity.

Speaking of targets that are being monitored, the aforementioned outlet says the likes of Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) and Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) are all in sight at the moment.

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Benfica have no interest in selling Real Madrid’s midfield target in January – report

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Real Madrid’s interest in Benfica and Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez is now a well-known fact. 

As quoted before, the 21-year-old has a release clause worth €120 million in his current deal and despite strong interest from several suitors, the Portuguese side has no interest in parting ways with the player in January.

The aforementioned information is relayed by transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano, who also claims that Fernandez’s former side, River Plate, also have a ‘percentage of future sale’.

Enzo Fernandez has been one of the breakout stars at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The 21-year-old has played three games for his national team at the world event and despite playing deep, has returned with a goal and an assist.

Interestingly enough, the 2022/23 season is Fernandez’s first campaign in European football. The midfielder has been with River Plate since 2006 and only moved to Benfica in July 2022 for a fee quoted to be around €10 million plus €8 million in add-ons.

In his debut season with the Portuguese team, he has so far scored one goal in 13 league outings followed by three assists.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s interest in the Argentine does not really strike as any surprise. The team from the capital city is anyway looking for a long-term successor to Luka Modric, but as it turns out, Benfica will fight hard to retain their man as they do not wish to sell their asset in January.

From Madrid’s perspective, they are anyway not expected to make any big signing in January as their primary target is still Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. The England midfielder is highly tipped to leave Germany at the end of the season and Madrid are said to be the most likely destination if not the Premier League.

In any way, the fee for Bellingham might as well rise upto €120 million given the interest he has generated across the continent so it will be upto Real Madrid to decide between the two.

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