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Real Madrid yet to decide on the permanent signing of on-loan teenager in €8m deal
In April this year, Real Madrid secured the signing of Brazilian youngster Vinicius Tobias from Shakhtar Donetsk, when players plying their trade in Ukraine and Russia were given an opportunity to leave due to the ongoing war.
Los Blancos signed the teenage right-back on a 14-month loan deal that will run until the summer of 2023. As part of the agreement with Shakhtar, Real Madrid also inserted a permanent purchase option worth €8 million for the 18-year-old.
And, according to MARCA, Real Madrid are yet to decide whether they will trigger the permanent buy clause for Vinicius Tobias or not.
Upon arriving, the 18-year-old defender was sent straight to the club’s Castilla outfit due to the lack of non-EU spots in the first-team squad at the time.
And after a slow start to life in Madrid, Vinicius Tobias is starting to come into his own for Raul Gonzalez’s side recently. Indeed, along with Sergio Arribas and Alvaro Rodriguez, the right-back has been one of the better performers for Castilla recently.
Tobias’ attacking purpose on the right flank has stood out even though he has made just one assist in 14 matches so far.
The youngster has shown enough indication that he has the potential to be a good investment for the club in the long run. With Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez in their thirties, adding a younger option in the right-back slot could make sense for the Merengues.
More so, considering the fact that Rodrygo, Eder Militao and Vinicius Jr have all received their Spanish passports and all three non-EU slots in the first-team setup are now free.
Real Madrid still have time to make a decision on whether they are willing to pay the €8 million and sign Tobias permanently. And while there have not been any indications about which way they will lean, the 18-year-old could prove to be a shrewd capture.
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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.
After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.
The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.
A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.
Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.
But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.
At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.
However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.
For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.