Real Madrid are reportedly tracking the progress of Fran Garcia and weighing up the prospect of re-signing the 22-year-old from Rayo Vallecano.

According to reputed Spanish journalist Sergio Santos, Fran Garcia is the subject of interest from Real Madrid over a possible move in the summer transfer window. The La Liga heavyweights can re-sign the 22-year-old left-back from Rayo Vallecano for €5 million, even though his release clause is valued at €10 million.

Fran Garcia spent most of his formative years at Real Madrid but could never manage to establish a foothold in the first-team setup. The Spaniard did make his first-team bow in December 2018, but that was his solitary outing for Los Blancos. And it was after he joined Rayo Vallecano on loan for the 2020/21 season that he finally made his first-team breakthrough at the club level.

Los Franjirrojos signed Garcia permanently from Real Madrid last summer, and the 22-year-old has gone from strength to strength this term, starting every La Liga game thus far. The youngster’s progress has not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid closely monitoring his development this season.

Real Madrid will need to enter the market for a left-back in the summer transfer window as Marcelo will depart as a free agent after his contract expires. The Real Madrid captain has been linked with a gamut of Brazilian clubs, including Cruzeiro, Palmeiras and former club Fluminense.

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In addition to Marcelo’s non-existing future at Real Madrid, Miguel Gutierrez also finds himself in a frustrating situation, with Carlo Ancelotti not fancying him much. According to Sergio Santos, Los Blancos could send the youngster on loan in the summer transfer window, thereby opening up a spot in the squad.

To that end, the Spanish giants have been linked with a few left-backs already, with Angelino and Sergio Reguilon on their radar. Fran Garcia has now emerged as a target for Real Madrid, with the Merengues blown away by his progress. They are now considering re-signing him in the summer as a competitor for Ferland Mendy, whose injury woes are forcing them to enter the market.

The 22-year-old’s release clause is valued at just €10 million, but Real Madrid can re-sign him for just €5 million. That is because the La Liga heavyweights own 50 per cent of Garcia’s rights, meaning they will essentially be paying only €5 million when the release clause is triggered. It is an attractive proposition ahead of what should be a busy and expensive summer transfer window.

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