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Report – 16-year-old wonderkid only wants Real Madrid despite Chelsea enquiries

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Franco Mastantuono is poised to become one of the most sought-after prospects in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Currently plying his trade for River Plate, Mastantuono is being widely regarded as the next big thing in Argentine football, with Real Madrid among the clubs interested in his services.

The Spanish giants, in fact, have made significant inroads in their pursuit of Mastantuono and are reportedly leading arch-rivals Barcelona in the chase.

Competition from Chelsea

A recent report from the Daily Briefing has offered an update on the future of Mastantuono, adding that Chelsea have become the latest team to join the chase.

The report suggests that the Premier League giants, too, have enquired about the possibility of signing the River Plate starlet in the coming summer.

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

Chelsea are not the only European giant ready to compete with Real Madrid in the race to sign Mastantuono, with clubs like Barcelona, Manchester City and PSG also keen on the youngster’s services.

Mastantuono only thinking about Real Madrid move

However, in a major boost for Real Madrid, the report suggests that Mastantuono is not taking the Chelsea interest too seriously.

It appears the young Argentine has his heart set on a move to Santiago Bernabeu and is only thinking about joining Real Madrid.

Despite being 16, Mastantuono is eligible to move to Europe this summer as he has an Italian passport, unlike Real Madrid’s other big signing Endrick.

However, Los Blancos are planning to follow the Endrick method should they succeed in the race to sign Mastantuono, meaning the Argentine might not move to Bernabeu until he turns 18.

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Real Madrid star unlikely to travel to London with the rest of the squad

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Real Madrid will be on their way to England this Thursday as they gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The players and the staff will be on a flight to London tomorrow to prepare for the clash at Wembley.

However, according to a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin might not travel with the rest of the team tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper has not trained for three days in a row after coming down with the flu.

Lunin has overcome the flu, but he still has the virus and there is still a chance he could be contagious.

Lunin will not travel with the rest of the team. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid, aware of the importance of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, are considering leaving the Ukrainian behind to avoid any possible contagion ahead of the Champions League final.

The goalkeeper will likely not travel with the rest of the expedition to London on Thursday and will fly alone on Saturday to avoid the risk of infection.

On Thursday, Lunin will undergo another check-up and, depending on the viral load, he could even travel on Friday. But it seems impossible for him to travel with his teammates.

It has already been suggested that Lunin would be making way for Thibaut Courtois in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The likelihood of that has increased following the events of this week.

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