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Saudi’s current transfer plan: Sign all Ballon d’Or winners

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Shortly after Karim Benzema agreed to join Al-Ittihad ahead of the new season, Saudi Arabian clubs have stepped up their efforts to sign other big footballing stars across the world.

Al-Hilal, in particular, were hell-bent on securing the services of Lionel Messi. But after the Argentine opted to join Inter Miami, Saudi clubs have now set their sights on Luka Modric, reports Miguel Angel Diaz.

The Spanish journalist has claimed that Saudi Arabian clubs have increased their offer for Modric lately. They want to lure the veteran midfielder to the Middle East, as Real Madrid are yet to confirm any contract renewal with the player.

Diaz, in fact, claims the objective for these Saudi Arabian clubs is to sign all the recent Ballon d’Or winners. The project began with Al-Nassr signing of Cristiano Ronaldo earlier in the year.

Subsequently, Al-Hial tried to secure the services of Messi, though it did not work out. Al-Ittihad, on the other hand, were able to secure the services of Benzema, the most recent Ballon d’Or winner.

That leaves Modric as the final player these Saudi clubs could target. And it appears the operation is already on, with the clubs offering the midfielder a lucrative salary to lure him away from Santiago Bernabeu.

Modric has remained keen on continuing his spell at the Bernabeu for at least another month. But Real Madrid are yet to confirm the renewal, meaning the player’s future at the club is now uncertain, especially with Saudi clubs pushing forward to secure his services.

Modric’s renewal could be complicated by the fact that Real Madrid have roped in Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund. Although it was suggested earlier that the Englishman’s arrival won’t impact the role of Modric and Kroos, the added incentive of earning a lucrative salary in Saudi Arabia might just tempt the veteran to jump ship this summer.

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Official: Real Madrid confirm date for Endrick presentation

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After welcoming Kylian Mbappe earlier this week in a grand celebration at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have now confirmed the date for the official presentation of another new signing, Endrick.

The Spanish capital club have announced that the teenage sensation will be presented as a new Real Madrid player on July 27.

“Real Madrid CF announces that on Saturday 27 July, at 12:00, the presentation of our player Endrick will take place at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium,” the statement from the club read.

“Previously, Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez will welcome Endrick to Real Madrid City for the signing ceremony that will bind our new player to the club for the next six seasons.”

Endrick arrives with big expectations. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid signed Endrick from Palmeiras back in December 2022 itself in a deal that could reach €60 million including add-ons.

However, since he was only 16 years old at the time, the striker had to continue in Brazil. Set to turn 18 on July 21, the centre-forward will finally be eligible to move to Europe.

In 82 appearances for Palmeiras, Endrick has scored 21 goals and set up four more. The striker also has three goals in ten matches for Brazil.

Endrick will be presented formally at the Santiago Bernabeu on July 27 after he undergoes medicals and signs his contract with club president Florentino Perez.

After the presentation, Endrick will speak to the media in the press room at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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