According to journalist Vene Casagrande (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Real Madrid will have to shell out a sum of €60 million if they wish to sign Joao Gomes from Flamengo.
Even though the Merengues have brought in Aurelien Tchouameni to replace Casemiro at the club, they are now reportedly interested in signing Brazilian enforcer Gomes from Flamengo, although they will face competition from Liverpool and Bayer Leverkusen, among others.
The 21-year-old came through the youth ranks at Flamengo and has grown into a regular in the first team, having already made over 100 appearances in which he has three goals and assists apiece.
Joao Gomes has thrived in the No. 6 role and has managed to attract the interest of several heavy-hitters from across Europe. But, signing him will be an ordeal for his suitors, including Real Madrid.
The 21-year-old is contracted with the Brazilian outfit until the summer of 2025. And as per the report, the contract consists of a mammoth €60 million release clause.
And, it is claimed that Flamengo have no intentions of negotiating a lower fee for the midfielder, meaning that clubs will have to pay the full €60 million amount in order to sign Gomes.
Real Madrid, for their part, were reportedly willing to offer as high as €40 million for the young midfield prospect. However, with Flamengo unlikely to accept a lower sum than the buyout clause, it remains to be seen if Los Blancos are prepared to shell out the required amount.
The Spanish capital outfit have not shied from splashing the cash on the likes of Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Reinier Jesus in the past. Whether they do the same for Joao Gomes to beat Liverpool to his signing will be interesting to watch.
Atletico striker hoping Bellingham has an off day during derby: “He is at a great level”
Speaking to DAZN (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Atletico Madrid forward Alvaro Morata admitted that Real Madrid midfield superstar Jude Bellingham is performing at a great level.
Real Madrid take on Atletico in La Liga on Sunday in the Madrid derby at the Civitas Metropolitano and without a doubt, Bellingham will pose a huge threat for the Rojiblancos.
Alvaro Morata hopes Bellingham as a quiet outing
Ahead of the blockbuster encounter on Sunday, Morata, who is Atletico’s main striker, admitted that Bellingham has great quality.
“I saw him last year in a few games, the truth is that he caught my attention. I saw him in his team and in his national team, and talking to people who had played with him, teammates he has, you could already see that he was a great player,” he said.
However, the former Real Madrid striker added that he hoped that the England international has an off day during the derby.
“The truth is that he is at a great level, we can only hope that he doesn’t do well and that we also have very good players to counteract that. We hope he doesn’t have a good day on Sunday,” Morata stated.
Bellingham fit and ready to go
Bellingham has been the in-form player for Real Madrid this season with six goals and an assist in six matches across all competitions.
So, naturally, there were concerns when he did not complete the training sessions on Friday due to stomach issues.