Real Madrid are interested in the signing of Peñarol midfielder Facundo Pellistri, according to a report from Spanish newspaper AS. Madrid’s head scout Juni Calafat are closely monitoring his recent performances and other clubs like Manchester City, Atletico de Madrid or Valencia seem to be after the young midfielder, per that same report.
Apparently, Pellistri has an affordable €11 million release clause on his contract with Peñarol and that prize would be extremely appealing for many clubs in Europe.
Pellistri is 18 years old, plays as an attacking midfielder and can also play through the right wing. He would fit Madrid’s transfer policy of signing young talents before they become elite players in European football. It’s extremely unlikely that Pellistri is ready to contribute for Real Madrid any time soon, so if Los Blancos manage to secure his signing he would probably go on a loan deal.
The young player would be eligible to have an EU passport, which is a huge advantage for Real Madrid considering that they already have three non-EU players in Rodrygo, Vinicius and Militao. Reinier and Kubo are also non-EU at the moment, which means that they won’t be able to play for Madrid until either Rodrygo, Vinicius or Militao receive a Spanish passport.
All in all, Real Madrid probably don’t need Pellistri. However, the prize is affordable enough to take the risk if Juni Calafat thinks he has potential to become a relevant player for Los Blancos.