Rumours have surrounded Real Madrid and the Argentine star for quite some time now, but now it has finally been confirmed by River Plate after the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final.
Real Madrid are looking to add to their already star-studded squad but this time interim boss Santiago Solari wants to bring in a more younger star. With the core of the team edging past their prime, the Los Blancos board and even Florentino Perez has realised that they need to bring in the best youngsters to help ease the transition.
That’s why over the last week or so, the La Liga giants have been linked with a move for River Plate star Exequiel Palacios, with the youngster impressing the scouts over in Real Madrid. However, despite being linked with a move, nothing has materialized so far, but it has finally been revealed by River Plate president Rodrigo D’Onofrio, that as soon as the Copa Libertadores final, talks will begin between Real Madrid the Argentine club.
The clubs haven’t talked yet, but [Madrid’s head of PR] Emilio Butragueno will talk to [River sporting director] Enzo Francescoli about the player when all this is over the Copa Libertadores Final,” D’Onofrio revealed. “It’s likely that Exequiel Palacios will play in Europe next season, given the interest from various European clubs. Once the Libertadores is over, we’ll sit down and talk, although we want him to stay as long as possible.”
The 20-year-old has already made his debut for Argentina and has been playing for River Plate since he was 16 years old. A highly rated central midfielder, the Argentine has won plaudits for his energy in the middle of the park and has the ability to become a classy all around midfielder. However, with Barcelona also sending scouts to watch Palacios, things could get complicated very soon.
Exequiel Palacios will make a brilliant addition to Real Madrid’s squad and given the world-class midfielders the club has, it will make an excellent learning ground for the youngster to improve and hone the skills he already has. The likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos could hopefully prove to be worthy mentors in the near future.