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Real Madrid will activate €8 million buyback option for La Liga defender – report

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Even though the summer transfer window is still some way away, Real Madrid are already making their moves in the market.

Kylian Mbappe appears close to joining the club on a free transfer with his PSG contract expiring at the end of the season. And just a while ago, we reported that there is significant progress being made in the operation to sign Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich.

It appears that Davies could be joined by another left-back in the Real Madrid roster come summer.

Real Madrid will re-sign Miguel Gutierrez

Now, Cadena SER is further reporting that Real Madrid plan on re-signing former defender Miguel Gutierrez from Girona, by activating a buyback clause in his contract.

Los Blancos allowed Gutierrez to sign for Girona in the summer of 2022, but managed to retain a 50% sell-on clause for the future as well as a buyback option worth €8 million.

Gutierrez has evolved into one of the best left-backs in La Liga over the past couple of seasons and has been a standout player for Girona this term as they make a push for the league title.

Given his impressive performances, a number of Premier League clubs tried to sign him in January. But the La Fabrica product turned them down and opted to wait for the summer to see if Real Madrid come calling.

Back to Real Madrid in the summer? (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Now, it appears that the Merengues have made the decision to activate the buyback clause to bring Gutierrez back home.

A problem of plenty

With Davies likely to arrive and Real Madrid also planning to re-sign Gutierrez, they would start the next season with as many as four senior left-backs. After all both Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia are also at the club.

As such, two of the four stars could be sold in the summer, with Davies the only player guaranteed to stay.

Meaning, Real Madrid could bring Gutierrez back and sell him for a higher fee, or decide to part ways with Mendy, whose contract expires in 2025, or even decide to sell Garcia just a year after bringing him back.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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