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Real Madrid youngster wanted by La Liga rivals in a deal worth €6 million

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According to Spanish publication AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), Girona want to sign Real Madrid midfielder Sergio Arribas in an attempt to revamp their squad for the 2023-24 season.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder put on a scintillating display in the season that just ended, scoring 19 goals for the subsidiary team in the Primera Division.

As a result, several top teams are now keeping tabs on his progress and considering the competition at Real Madrid, at least a loan move is highly expected.

Given the names ahead of him in the pecking order, Arribas will have difficulties getting into the first team anytime in the near future. Hence, Real Madrid would be open to a departure. 

For that matter, Madrid are once again willing to do business with Girona. It must be remembered that the two teams indulged in negotiation for Miguel Gutierrez in the summer of 2022.

The 21-year-old full-back was sold to Girona for €4 million with Madrid retaining 50% of his rights and the first-refusal option.

The parties involved are looking to strike a similar deal, this time involving Arribas for around €6 million. 

Meanwhile, it must be noted that Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund are also chasing the midfielder.

As reported before, the German team were initially offered the chance to sign the midfielder on a two-year loan stint as part of the Jude Bellingham deal but they did not want any integration in that negotiation. 

As of today, it is said that Dortmund are working on a proposal involving a €2 million loan fee, but nothing is concrete. Borussia Dortmund would, of course, be a bigger stage but at Girona, Arribas will get to be an unassailable starter which could be a decisive factor in the deal. 

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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