Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo is reporting that Real Madrid will not be able to sign Izan Merino, a 17-year-old defender from Malaga for the price that they had offered, which is reported to be around €250,000.
According to the source, the Malaga camp rejected Madrid’s offer while telling them that if they are actually interested, they must pay his €3 million worth of termination clause.
Malaga are presently guided by the stewardship of administrator Jose Maria Munoz, necessitating official judicial authorization for any impending transactions.
Real Madrid’s initial bid commenced at €250,000, yet this figure would have a progressive escalation. As per the report, Malaga’s potential earnings could have surged to approximately €3.5 million through this transaction.
However, the bid has not received the judicial clearance, presenting Real Madrid with a pivotal decision-making juncture – whether to proceed with the payment of €3 million for the acquisition of Merino.
Who is Izan Merino?
A product of the Malaga youth academy, Izan Merino is a centre-back who can also operate in the defensive midfield position.
Despite being just 17 years old, the young prospect is already playing for Malaga’s reserve team and has been training with the first-team setup under the manager Sergio Pellicer.
He was also on the bench for Malaga’s first game of the season against CD Castellon.
Merino has also made three appearances for the Spanish U-17 national team, for whom he made his debut in May earlier this year.
This procedural hurdle has inadvertently placed the onus on Real Madrid to evaluate their course of action regarding the potential acquisition of Merino.
The 17-year-old has a contract with Malaga until 2025 with a €3 million release clause.
With Real Madrid’s €250,000 knocked back, the outcome hinges on whether they deem the investment worthy of proceeding with a €3 million offer.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.