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Real Madrid’s 19-year-old striker wanted by several European clubs this summer – report

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Real Madrid’s 19-year-old striker, Alvaro Rodriguez made his senior team debut in February this year and now with Karim Benzema gone, it is said that manager Carlo Ancelotti is counting on him for the 2023-24 season.

The 2004-born forward has progressed through different age groups at the club and his development certainly has not gone unnoticed, with Mundo Deportivo reporting that several teams have expressed their interest in the acquisition of the youngster.

Quite particularly, Serie A side Udinese have long been following the 19-year-old and as part of their summer transfer movement, Rodriguez happens to be on their agenda. Furthermore, the likes of Getafe and Benfica have also kept a keen eye on the forward.

The interest certainly does not end there, as in Germany, Bayer Leverkusen have been credited with interest. 

Regardless of the evident demand, though, Real Madrid have no interest in parting ways with the youngster simply because the manager has him in his plans for the next season.

Rodriguez arrived on the bigger stage in February this year, making his senior team debut in a 2-0 win over Osasuna. In the same month, he scored his first goal in a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid and he went on to make eight outings during the course of the season.

“For next season he will be in the first team squad because he has the quality that few others have. For his age, he is tall, powerful, and a formidable header,” said Ancelotti after his first goal against the local rivals.

Real Madrid are set to part ways with several young players this summer such as Rafa Marin, Sergio Arribas, and Carlos Dotor. However, Alvaro Rodriguez is unlikely to be sold this summer, with the teenager expected to play a part in Ancelotti’s plans.

Rodriguez has largely been used as a centre-forward during his brief career, but his versatility allows him to occupy wide areas too. Given the lack of depth in the No. 9 position, however, one can expect Ancelotti to use him in that position next season.

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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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