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Real Madrid will move for €50 million Bundesliga forward if mega-money flop leaves



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With the arrival of Jude Bellingham all but confirmed, Real Madrid are now expected to move their attention to reinforce other areas of the field and in that regard, the team from the Spanish capital is very much interested in signing Moussa Diaby.

The 23-year-old Bayer Leverkusen forward has been sensational for Bayer Leverkusen this season, having managed 14 goals and 10 assists in all competitions. Now, Real Madrid are indeed tracking his progress but his acquisition will only be sanctioned in case there is a major departure from the roster.

So as journalist Jose Felix Diaz writes for MARCA, only the exit of someone like Eden Hazard will pave the way for Madrid to go for Diaby. 

At the same time, however, signing the 23-year-old is going to be a tricky proposition mostly because in Germany there are talks that an amount close to €50 million has been set as the starting point by Leverkusen.

Real Madrid’s interest in acquiring Diaby comes down to the fact that they do not really have an unassailable presence on the right flank. And with Mariano Diaz’s exit certain coupled with Hazard’s undetermined future, it is only natural for the team to look for reinforcements.

Now, Diaby, who joined Leverkusen from Paris Saint-Germain in 2019, has a contract with Leverkusen until 2025 and this is going to be a problem for Real Madrid. Above all, the Merengues are not the only team scouting the youngster, with Arsenal and Manchester United also reported to be involved in the chase.

This situation is likely to culminate in a bidding war and judging by the Premier League sides’ financial muscle, they are very much capable of giving Real Madrid a run for their money. However, one must not forget the lure of playing for the record European champions as well.

For the moment, everything depends on what happens with Hazard, as if the 32-year-old moves, Madrid will look for alternatives in the market and Diaby will be given the preference.

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Manchester City forward rejected Real Madrid after trials – ‘Good experience, but it’s in the past’



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When Real Madrid took on Manchester City last at the Etihad Stadium, they were humbled by a 4-0 thrashing that sent them home.

The game had Manchester City written all over it as the men in blue dominated from start to finish, generating almost five times as much goal threat as Real Madrid.

The final nail in the coffin on the night was delivered by a certain Argentine sensation who had been on the field for just two minutes.

Coming on in the 89th minute, Julian Alvarez found the back of the net in the first minute of added time and secured the win for his side.

Speaking to the media ahead of his team’s second-leg clash against the Merengues, the World Cup winner revealed that he was close to signing for Real Madrid in 2011 when he was still an eleven-year-old player with no professional contract.

He played a tournament in the Real Madrid colours, impressing the administration and management and doing enough to secure a deal.

However, his dream was cut short by FIFA’s rules which implied that a player under 16 could only sign for a club if his entire family moved with him. That, however, was not an option for Alvarez’s family.

“I was there for about 20 days. I was just 11 years old. To go to Spain, all my family had to move. It’s already in the past.”

Julian Alvarez scored against Real Madrid last season. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The young striker eventually signed for River Plate where he shone across all levels to earn a move to Manchester City in 2022. He now stares at another game against the club he could have represented and is determined to give his best tomorrow.

“It was a good experience but it’s in the past. Now I’m different, I’m a professional player. If we listen to what Pep tells us to do, we are going to win,” he said on his thoughts on Real Madrid.

When asked if he would like to score tomorrow against Los Blancos, the youngster did not hesitate in admitting that it would be special for him.

“Of course, I’d love to score again. Last game I was only able to play five minutes and I scored. This time I’d love to play a bit more and of course score.”

Finally, the World Cup winner spoke on Manchester City’s goal of defending the UCL title and why it was a very demanding ask from the men in blue.

“It’s going to be hard [to retain the Champions League]. Last season was hard, this season will be hard again. But we know what we have to do and we have the things to do it again.”

“We always learn, especially winning five different competitions, we learned a lot. But we always see the next game and we always focus on winning, winning, winning the next game,” he added on the team’s approach.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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