Real Madrid has gained a reputation for identifying and developing young talents in recent years, a far cry from their past policy of signing established stars. This change has paid off with success on the pitch, but the club still seeks to bring in highly-rated youngsters and even some future Galactico signings like Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, and Jude Bellingham.
According to reports from Defensa Central via The Hard Tackle, Real Madrid has set their sights on Juanma Lopez, a Spanish winger from Malaga. The 20-year-old caught the attention of Los Blancos, and they are keen on securing him on a Bosman move in the summer if he leaves Malaga. Follow all updates from the La Liga with the best football betting odds from NextBet.
Lopez, also known as Juanmita, is yet to sign an extension with Malaga, and his current contract expires in the summer. Although Malaga wants to keep him, there are reports that other clubs are interested in signing him as well. Atletico Madrid and Villarreal are among the clubs keeping an eye on the young Spaniard.
It is curious that Lopez has drawn interest from top-level clubs, considering he has not played much football at the senior level. He only made his debut for Malaga this season. However, Real Madrid has been known to have a keen eye for spotting talents, and if they do manage to secure his signature, it would be another addition to their growing list of young players. Follow NextBet Sports to get all the latest updates from the La Liga.