La Liga champions Real Madrid are reportedly keen on signing 19-year-old French wonderkid Rayan Cherki from Lyon.

According to a report by Media Foot, Rayan Cherki features on the radar of Real Madrid. The reigning La Liga champions have sent scouts regularly to monitor the 19-year-old Lyon wonderkid in action.

Rayan Cherki is one of the brightest young prospects in France. A graduate of Lyon’s famous academy, the teenage sensation has been with Les Gones for over a decade. And he has been representing the first team for a couple of years since making his debut in October 2019.

The 19-year-old has turned out 80 times thus far for Lyon, chipping in with ten goals and 13 assists. Cherki’s progress has not gone unnoticed either. And several high-profile clubs, including Real Madrid, have set their sights on the French wonderkid.

Cherki has been on Real Madrid’s radar since Zinedine Zidane’s second stint as the first-team boss. The Frenchman rates his compatriot highly and often instructed Los Blancos to watch the youngster in action. And the interest has not waned one-bit despite Zidane’s departure from the Santiago Bernabeu.

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The reigning La Liga champions have had the 19-year-old French wonderkid in their sights for months. And they recently sent more representatives to monitor the Lyon whizkid. But the report does not mention whether Real Madrid will launch the offensive for Cherki anytime soon.

Real Madrid will look to complete the transition to the next generation by 2024. That is also the year when Endrick will join them from Palmeiras after he turns 18. And Cherki might join the Brazilian prodigy if he continues to progress quickly. The teenage sensation will see his Lyon deal run out in 18 months, making him an attractive target.

But the Ligue 1 giants can extend Cherki’s contract by twelve months. So Les Gones should be in control of the player’s valuation if the suitors come calling. Meanwhile, Real Madrid might face stiff competition for the 19-year-old French wonderkid.

Cherki is also a target for Chelsea. And it will be interesting to see if the Blues give Real Madrid a run for their money later this year. For now, the Lyon prodigy remains an attractive target for several high-profile clubs.

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