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Real Madrid youngster’s imminent transfer to Serie A could set club record – report

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Rafa Marin is one of many unfortunate Real Madrid youth players, who have yet to be rewarded with a first-team call-up despite making quite an impression in youth competitions.

A centre-back by trade, Marin was sent out on loan to Alaves last summer despite Real Madrid’s lack of depth in the defensive unit.

A year later, Marin has returned to Santiago Bernabeu on the back of an excellent loan campaign that saw him feature in 33 league matches.

Real Madrid, though, have no plans to incorporate Marin into the first team next season. In fact, the club are preparing a potential record-breaking transfer.

Napoli closing in on Rafa Marin

According to MARCA, Napoli are closing in on the capture of Rafa Marin on a permanent deal this summer.

The young Real Madrid centre-back has emerged as the ideal target for Antonio Conte as he looks to shore up Napoli’s defensive options.

All set for a move to Napoli (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

As per the report, Napoli are expected to pay a fee of €12 million for the services of Marin. The contract will involve a buyback clause worth €25 million that can be activated in 2025. The fee will rise to €35 million in 2026.

Napoli, though, have an option to increase the value of the buyback clause to €50 million and €75 million, provided the Italian outfit pays up €10 million during Marin’s first season in Naples.

Should Napoli pay the figure, the value of Marin’s transfer could reach up to €22 million, thus making him the most expensive outgoing transfer for Real Madrid for a player, who has not featured in a single competitive match for the club.

The report adds that Napoli have finalised an agreement and the move can soon be made official. Marin, in fact, will be under the leadership of Conte within the next few days.

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Real Madrid occupy second place in UEFA coefficient rankings, behind Manchester City

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With the 2024/25 season only a month away, UEFA have released the latest coefficient rankings for clubs and Real Madrid occupy the second position in the standings, behind Manchester City.

The new season removes the oldest of the five seasons that count towards the rankings from the overall tally and instead adds the one yet to be played, which is currently at zero because none of the big teams have played yet.

And, as like last year, Real Madrid continue to be in the second position behind Manchester City despite having won the UEFA Champions League in the campaign gone by.

With the elimination of points from the 2019/20 season, the ranking is altered to give value to the latest campaigns, but even so, Real Madrid are still unable to overtake City.

Source: UEFA

Pep Guardiola’s side have 123,000 points to Real Madrid’s 119,000 while Bayern Munich sit third with 108,000 points. Liverpool take up the fourth position.

Real Madrid have won two Champions League titles to Manchester City’s one in the last five years.

But Guardiola’s side have managed to reach at least the semi-finals, as well as two finals, in all the editions that count towards the current ranking. That has allowed them to rack up a considerable number of points and still lead the standings.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s arch-rivals, Barcelona have dropped to the 18th position in the standings while Atletico Madrid are just a place above them in the 17th spot.

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