La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid have reportedly turned their attention towards 18-year-old Serbian wonderkid Stefan Lekovic.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Stefan Lekovic is the subject of interest from Real Madrid over a possible move in the summer transfer window. The Merengues are eyeing the Serbian wonderkid as a potential addition to bolster both the first team and the Castilla side.
Stefan Lekovic has spent his formative years in Serbia, progressing through the ranks at Crvena Zvezda and is currently on the cusp of making his first-team breakthrough for the club. The 18-year-old is spending the ongoing campaign on loan at another Belgrade-based club in FK Graficar Beograd, a second-tier outfit in Serbia.
The Serbian wonderkid has made 16 appearances for Graficar and turned out four times for Red Star in the UEFA Youth League this term. Lekovic’s progress has not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid setting sights on him over a possible move in the summer transfer window.
Real Madrid will likely enter the market for a centre-back in the summer transfer window, as Jesus Vallejo is unsettled at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Spanish defender will end his frustrations at Real Madrid by embarking on a new challenge ahead of the 2022/23 season.
At the same time, uncertainty looms large over the future of Victor Chust, with the youngster recently emerging as a target for Premier League champions Manchester City. Real Madrid could thus be compelled to delve into the market for a young central defender in the summer transfer window.
To that end, Isaak Toure has popped up on Real Madrid’s radar, with Lekovic now also emerging as a target. The 18-year-old Serbian wonderkid has a similar profile to Toure and would be a solid long-term option for Real Madrid, considering David Alaba will turn 30 this year.
If signed by Real Madrid, Lekovic will pendulate between the first team and Raul Gonzalez’s Castilla side. But Crvena Zvezda could stand in Real Madrid’s way as they intend to integrate the teenage prodigy into their first-team squad in the 2022/23 season, meaning the player’s final decision will hold the key to this scenario.