Real Madrid have slapped a staggering price tag on Federico Valverde’s head in order to fend off Manchester United’s interest, according to reports in England
Fede Valverde has come up huge for Real Madrid this season, becoming an absolute beast in Zinedine Zidane‘s midfield.
The 21-year-old Uruguayan has been the brightest spot in otherwise a tumultuous season for Los Blancos, racking up 32 appearances in all competitions before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the club campaign indefinitely.
While enjoying a rise to the stardom at the Santiago Bernabeu, Valverde has invited interest from a host of European clubs towards his burgeoning talent, with Manchester United apparently leading the way.
Yet, Zidane’s idea is to build his midfield around Valverde, as the Frenchman sees the combative midfielder as the focal point of his plans for the future.
Real Madrid's league results with Fede Valverde starting since the start of the 2018/19 season— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 29, 2020
Determined to ward off possible suitors, the La Liga heavyweights have placed a hair-raising £448million release clause in their jewel’s contract, putting him out of reach for all interested parties, as per the Daily Mail.
Real’s shrewd move has come as a massive blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transfer plans, as the Norwegian labeled Valverde as his crucial recruitment for the midfield line.
Solskjaer is desperate to add a midfield reinforcement in the next transfer window, particularly in light of Paul Pogba’s uncertain future at Old Trafford.
The Frenchman seems destined for a switch away from United, with Real Madrid and Juventus given the highest chances of escorting him away from the Theatre of Dreams.
Manchester United will have to pay the €500m release clause if they are to sign Federico Valverde from Real Madrid. No one expects the Red Devils to make such an offer, but they are expected to make some big money moves this summer. [Diario Madridista via Mirror] #MUFC— RedReveal (@RedReveal) March 29, 2020
With Valverde now seemingly out of the picture, Solskjaer will have to readjust his market strategy, which could come as good news to Leicester City’s James Maddison and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.
The Red Devils hold a long-term interest in both English playmakers, although their chances of completing a switch to United decreased significantly following Bruno Fernandes’ signing.