Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester United are reportedly behind Barcelona in the race to sign Gabri Veiga from Celta Vigo.

According to a report by Spanish outlet AS, Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester United will have an uphill task pursuing Gabri Veiga in the summer transfer window. The Celta Vigo midfielder, who has a release clause worth €40 million in his contract, is closer to joining Barcelona than any other suitor.

Gabri Veiga has been a rare bright spot in a tumultuous season for Celta Vigo. The Spaniard, enjoying his breakthrough season at the Balaidos, has come leaps and bounds this term. And he was particularly impressive in the first half of the 2022/23 campaign and just after the World Cup break.

The 21-year-old has a solid record of nine goals and four assists in 38 appearances across all competitions. Veiga’s progress has not gone unnoticed either, with several high-profile clubs setting their sights on him. And Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester United are among his prospective suitors.

Barcelona’s interest in Veiga is somewhat perplexing, considering they need a replacement for Sergio Busquets. While Frenkie de Jong can play at the base of the midfield unit, Barcelona can still do with another defensive-minded acquisition. However, the Celta Vigo midfielder remains a top target, with Barcelona one step ahead of the other suitors.

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As for Real Madrid, the Merengues have been formulating a plan to sign Veiga. But with Jude Bellingham on the verge of arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid’s priorities lie elsewhere. Meanwhile, Chelsea will enter the market for an attack-minded midfielder amid uncertainties surrounding Mason Mount.

Recent reports have linked Mount with a move to Manchester United. And the Englishman’s exit will leave a void in Chelsea’s midfield unit. Speaking of Manchester United, the Red Devils are ready to shell out €40 million to secure Veiga’s services. But if they sign Mount, it is unclear how Veiga will fit into the scheme of things.

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However, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Real Madrid are anyway behind Barcelona in the race to sign the Spanish midfielder. That said, it will be interesting to see how Barcelona will be able to afford to trigger his release clause of €40 million.

Comments 1

  1. William Darshan says:

    I think Gabri is a better fit for the team as the team needs younger players that can trigger the midfield

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