Real Madrid reportedly have no intention of triggering the €30 million release clause to sign 18-year-old Spanish international Yeremi Pino.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Real Madrid are keen on signing Yeremi Pino in the January transfer window. However, the Spanish giants are unwilling to meet his €30 million valuation, which is the amount that must be paid to trigger his release clause at Villarreal.
Yeremi Pino has come leaps and bounds since joining Villarreal’s youth setup from UD Las Palmas in 2017. Over the last four years, the teenage prodigy has not just made massive strides within the academy at the Valencian club but also ended up becoming a regular in the first-team squad since making his senior bow last year.
To date, the 18-year-old has turned out 46 times for Villarreal while amassing a tally of eight goals and four assists. At the same time, he has also earned his maiden cap for the Spanish national side, featuring in Luis Enrique’s as they beat Italy in the UEFA Nations League semi-final. All that and more has helped Pino in popping up on the radar of Real Madrid.
Real Madrid are constantly on the lookout for some of the brightest young talents around the world and at the same time, they have made a genuine effort to sign Spanish prodigies as well, bringing in the likes of Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and others in recent years, albeit to varying degrees of success.
As far as the interest in Yeremi Pino is concerned, the Spanish international is a viable target for Real Madrid amid the uncertainty surrounding Eden Hazard’s future. In addition, Asensio also has question marks surrounding his situation at the Santiago Bernabeu, while Gareth Bale’s struggles seem to have no end.
So while Kylian Mbappe is viewed as a priority target, bringing in someone like Yeremi Pino could be a step in the right direction as well. However, Real Madrid have no intention of triggering the 18-year-old’s release clause, which is valued at around €30 million.
Such a stance is odd, considering the amount is not too high. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen if the Merengues can negotiate a lower transfer fee to land the Spanish international. For now, the Villarreal prodigy has emerged as a key target for Real Madrid as they lay down the groundwork for the January transfer window.