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Real Madrid very close to finalising agreement for 16-year-old Argentine prodigy

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According to a report from MARCA, Real Madrid are very close to finalising a deal for Franco Mastantuono. And it is believed that this agreement seems almost certain. 

The report mentions that Santiago Solari, a former Real Madrid player and manager, has played a significant role in this process. He is in direct contact with the leaders of River Plate, where Mastantuono currently plays.

It is suggested that they have already made significant progress with Mastantuono. The young midfielder is showing great potential and Real Madrid are determined not to let this opportunity slip away. 

They are moving forward with confidence and caution, making sure not to make any mistakes.

Real Madrid have laid the groundwork

Real Madrid have ensured they are well-informed about any developments concerning River Plate’s new rising star. 

Juni Calafat and Solari, each working in their respective areas, have taken the necessary steps. Although the final agreement and the decision to proceed with the signing have not been made yet, everything indicates that they are very close.

Franco Mastantuono is wanted by Real Madrid. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

Mastantuono’s release clause is €45 million and unlike many young players, he could move to Europe immediately because he holds an Italian passport, allowing him to play at the age of 16. 

However, Real Madrid do not plan to incorporate him into their team right away.

River Plate adamant on his retention

Meanwhile, River Plate are still holding onto Mastantuono and making the most of his talent. Ignacio Villarroel, the vice-president of River Plate, has acknowledged in the past that they have not received any concrete offers for him yet. 

Mastantuono, at just 16 years old, is already becoming an important player for River Plate, a club that competes at the highest level. In 2025, the team will represent Argentina in the Club World Cup. 

Despite his young age, Mastantuono has already made 18 appearances for River Plate’s first team and has debuted for Argentina’s U-20 national team as well. 

His performance so far sets him apart, showing that he is indeed a special talent. River Plate are eager to nurture him while they can, knowing that his future may soon lead him to one of Europe’s top clubs, like Real Madrid.

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Real Madrid defender set to stay after requesting to see out his contract

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Real Madrid welcomed four players back from loan this summer: Reinier, Rafa Marin, Juanmi Latasa, and Jesus Vallejo and bid goodbye to Marin already, while the others are expected to evaluate their futures with the club.

Vallejo joined Real Madrid in 2015, but he has primarily played on loan at other teams, including Real Zaragoza, VfB Stuttgart, Wolves, and Granada twice.

Having concluded his third stint at Granada, the player is back in the Spanish capital and now seeks a resolution over his future.

Jesus Vallejo held a meeting with Real Madrid’s hierarchy

Indeed, according to AS, Jesus Vallejo recently met with Real Madrid and made a request to fulfill the final year of his contract.

The club has opted not to exert pressure, leaving his future in his own hands: whether he decides to leave or stay, they support his decision.

Jesus Vallejo did not play much at Granada. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

After all, Vallejo has been with the club for several years, and Real Madrid intends to honour the wishes of one of the players who have been at the club for the longest time.

The 27-year-old centre-back was a part of the Real Madrid squad in the 2021/2022 season and played sparingly.

But he proved to be a dependable option when called upon and enjoyed a memorable performance in the Champions League against Manchester City as a late substitute.

Due to Real Madrid’s options at the back and the potential signing of Leny Yoro, Vallejo is unlikely to find regular game time if he opts to stay put.

Despite managing just three appearances for relegated Granada last season due to an injury, Vallejo looks forward to putting his physical woes behind him and starting afresh.

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