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Real Madrid want to offload 24-year-old star, but player wants to stay

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is causing some headaches at the club. Los Blancos want the 24-year-old Ukrainian to leave the team this summer, but the stopper is adamant about fulfilling his contract that runs until 2024, reports Diario AS.

Lunin, who signed for Real Madrid back in 2018 from Zorya Luhansk for €8.5 million plus €5 million add-ons, has never been able to break into the starting XI.

In fact, since signing for the team, he has spent two years on loan to Leganes, Valladolid and Oviedo.

Real Madrid’s asking price

Lunin played the first two games of Madrid’s pre-season tour to the United States – against AC Milan and Manchester United – this year and although he was decent at best, it appears that he has no place in Carlo Ancelotti’s blueprint for the next season.

Given that he is set to enter the final year of his contract and there is no renewal in sight, Real Madrid’s asking price of €8 million comes in as a rather impractical demand, to say the very least.

The Merengues are trying their best to part ways with the goalkeeper and although he has been made aware of the intentions, he is not willing to leave the team this summer.

Last month, video footage from the UCLA training centre emerged wherein it can be seen that Lunin received a telling-off from first-team coach Luis Llopis during a training session.

While the two eventually settled things and made up, it sparked speculations that the Real Madrid coaching staff is not entirely convinced by Lunin’s abilities.

As such, they remain hopeful of offloading Lunin before the transfer window closes, but the player hopes to stay put and see out the remaining year on his contract.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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