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Real Madrid will monitor €40 million midfield prodigy during Celta Vigo clash – report



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The biggest story heading into the upcoming summer transfer window has to be that of Jude Bellingham. With clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid all interested in the English prodigy, the need for a plan B became important.

The hunt for a player with a similar profile brought interested parties to Galicia in Spain. Gabri Veiga, Celta Vigo’s young sensation, has been stealing headlines in La Liga this season and was largely seen as a viable alternative.

According to reports from AS, Real Madrid will keep a close eye on Veiga later today when they take on Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu. It will thus be an audition for the youngster who is said to be priorotising a move to Real Madrid.

The youngster is understood to have a release clause in his contract worth around €40 million. In the past, Los Blancos have even considered including the likes of Rafa Marin in the deal to bring down the monetary element and that continues to be the option. However, the player must first impress later today.

The 20-year-old has played a part in 27 La Liga games for Celta Vigo this season, scoring a stunning nine goals and providing four assists in the process. He averages 1.9 key passes per game and has created six big chances.

Veiga’s defensive work rate is not an aspect to be worried about either. With 1.3 tackles, 0.6 interceptions and four duels won per game, he is an active part of the team when off the ball.

To sign the young phenom would fit well into the Merengues‘ strategy of identifying targets young and nurturing them to their liking. The only hurdle, however, is the relatively high transfer fee.

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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