·25 January 2023
·25 January 2023
Real Madrid have had a quiet transfer window so far. With a host of star players having their contracts expiring at the end of the season, the club have mostly been forced to tend to contractual matters.
However, that is about to change as Real Madrid are in talks with Rayo Vallecano to sign Fran Garcia, reports Cadena SER.
The 23-year-old has been one of the top performers for Rayo this season, establishing himself as a first-choice left-back for the club. Since joining Rayo in 2021, he has already racked up over 100 competitive appearances.
Garcia’s performances have not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid contemplating the possibility of signing the youngster. As per the report, the player is courted by other clubs including Bayer Leverkusen.
The Bundesliga giants are reportedly interested in paying Garcia’s €10 million release clause. However, Real Madrid, as Garcia’s former employer, have 50% of the player rights, meaning they can secure the services of the defender for a fee of just €5 million.
If the Whites do exercise the option, they are likely to send the 23-year-old back to Rayo Vallecano during the remainder of the campaign. As such, he will join the Real Madrid camp only during the start of next season.
This should bode well for Los Blancos, who are facing a precarious position in the left-back department. The departure of Marcelo had left the club with Ferland Mendy as the only recognised option in the position. But it appears even the Frenchman is facing an uncertain future at the club, with the player often criticised for his lack of consistency.
The addition of Fran Garcia, to that end, could greatly benefit the club. But with Leverkusen pushing, Real Madrid must make a definite decision on whether or not they are willing to fork out €5 million for the defender this January.
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