Real Madrid will sign former defender Fran Garcia from Rayo Vallecano in the summer transfer window, Fabrizio Romano has confirmed.
The 23-year-old left-back came through the ranks at Real Madrid and made one senior appearance before leaving for Rayo Vallecano on loan in 2020.
The loan deal was made into a permanent one in 2021, with the Merengues retaining a buyback option as well as a 50% future sell-on clause.
Garcia has developed into one of the most reliable left-backs in La Liga over the past year, catching the eye of the Madrid administration.
With no natural backup for Ferland Mendy in the position, Real Madrid have decided to trigger the buyback option in his contract and will welcome the Spaniard back to the club in the summer window.
Garcia had a release clause worth €10 million in his contract, but considering that Real had a 50% sell-on clause, they will be paying only €5 million for the left-back, who will be signing a five-year contract until 2028.
Bayer Leverkusen made a concerted effort to sign Garcia from Rayo Vallecano in January, which prompted Real Madrid to decide to exercise their repurchase option.
Romano adds that documentation for the transfer is all set between Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano and the transfer will soon be over the line.
It is a good move by the Merengues as Carlo Ancelotti had some issues in the left-back slot this term. Mendy is currently out injured and with David Alaba keen on playing at centre-back, the manager has had to rely on the likes of Nacho and Eduardo Camavinga to operate on the left.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.