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REVEALED: The 5 players Real are watching at U21 Euros

Date Posted,June 25, 2017

The hunt for football’s future promising stars is something that never stops for Real Madrid scouts – especially when they can find them all at Under-21 tournaments.

The Spanish champions have always been famous for spotting talents within national youth teams, being able to sign names like Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira in the past.

According to Spanish website Marca, this year’s European Under-21 Championship is the perfect occasion for Los Blancos to pursue their search.

Real Madrid agents, Marca reports, have been watching closely and have already eyed some possible new signings.

Marca further adds that Los Blancos are particularly attracted to Albert Celades’ Spain, who have qualified for the semi-finals inspired by Real star Marco Asensio.

The Galacticos have also reportedly focused on youngsters from Italy, Germany and Portugal who distinguished themselves during the tournament. Here are Real Madrid’s main targets…

Dani Ceballos

Dani Ceballos might be just the perfect signing for Real Madrid, who showed their interest at the beginning of the month.

The 20-year-old Spanish midfielder made the headlines last year after a brilliant season at Real Betis.

With 30 appearances in La Liga, Ceballos managed to score two goals and provide two assists – and his qualities didn’t go unnoticed by Zinedine Zidane .

Real’s arch-rivals Atletico Madrid have made clear that they will try to sign him too. Will his countryman Marco Asensio be able to convince him to choose Los Blancos?

Saul Niguez celebrates his opener (Photo: PAP)

Sandro Ramirez

His extraordinary goal during Portugal’s defeat against Spain cannot be ignored by Real Madrid scouts, who seem interested in him as a valid substitute to outgoing Alvaro Morata.

Sandro, who currently plays at Malaga, has already received offers from top European clubs like Everton and Altetico Madrid and is considering his options.

The former Barcelona striker is barely 21 but netted 14 times in the past season – but he is still looking for a goal in the Spain jersey.

Although Everton are said to be ready to sign him as soon as the European tournament is over, Real Madrid might try to make him change his mind.

(Photo: AFP/Getty)

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Gianluigi Donnarumma has been at the centre of criticism in the past few weeks for deciding to leave AC Milan and then seemingly declaring his wish to sign with them again.

His performances at the Championship have been below expectation, with the goalkeeper making some unforgivable mistakes during Italy’s defeat against Czech Repubblic.

However, at the age of 18 Donnarumma is still considered as a rising star and the most valuable young keeper in the world.

Real Madrid are looking for a new goalkeeper this summer but may have to wait until next summer when Donnarumma’s contract expires.

(Photo: Getty)

Kepa Arrizabalaga

An alternative to Donnarumma, Athletic Bilbao’s goalkeeper has attracted Los Blancos’ attention after only conceding one goal at the U-21 Championship.

The Spaniard has been on Real Madrid’s radar for quite a while now, although he has recently stated his decision to renew his contract with Bilbao.

Kepa is 22 years old and has a release clause of £30m.

(Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Marcos Llorente

Another 22-year-old Spanish promising player that has claimed Real Madrid’s attention during the U-21 Championship.

Already a ‘Galactico’ player himself, Marco Llorente has spent the past year on a loan spell at Alaves and is now choosing where to go next.

Real Madrid scouts are currently checking their star’s performance in Europe in order to decide whether to send him away for another season or sign him within the first squad.

If Spain are the tournament’s absolute favourites, they also owe it to him, who’s been playing a crucial role in pushing the team forward.

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Marcos Llorente of Deportivo Alaves
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Marcos Llorente of Deportivo Alaves (Photo: Getty)
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