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Real Madrid’s Argentine target can be ‘signed immediately’ – report

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After the acquisition of Endrick, Real Madrid have already started the search for the next South American hidden talent.

Franco Mastantuono’s name has emerged on the lips of many, with many expecting the 16-year-old to become the next big thing in Argentine football.

Currently plying his trade for River Plate, Mastantuono has even become one of Real Madrid’s priority targets heading into the summer window.

However, Mastantuono’s age means Real Madrid would have to wait a few more years before they can get their hands on the youngster. That is if the player is a South American with no European passport.

Real Madrid can sign Mastantuono immediately

However, according to Gaston Edul, it appears Mastantuono does hold a European passport. He is a community player, which means he is eligible to sign for a European club without having to wait till he turns 18.

This means Real Madrid can get their hands on Mastantuono in the coming summer, provided they pay the player’s release clause.

What’s next for Mastantuono? (Photo by Daniel Jayo/Getty Images)

Mastantuono’s current deal at River Plate expires in 2026, but the contract does include a release clause worth €45 million.

Given how serious Real Madrid are about signing Mastantuono, Los Blancos will not entirely rule out paying such a fortune for the youngster this summer.

The fact that the young Argentine can arrive at Santiago Bernabeu immediately gives Real Madrid the extra incentive to go after the player.

A versatile attacking midfielder who can operate on the wings, Mastantuono can indeed prove to be an asset for Real Madrid in the years to come.

However, it must be noted that Mastantuono, given his age, may have to go through the youth departments at Real Madrid before he can be considered ready for the senior side.

Hence, it will be interesting to see how Real Madrid approach this matter in the coming summer.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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