Valencia are reportedly keen on securing the signature of talented Real Madrid youngster Sergio Arribas when the summer transfer window opens.
According to a report in the Spanish media, Valencia have been monitoring Arribas closely and will make a move for the 21-year-old midfielder if he decides he wants a new challenge away from Real Madrid.
Arribas came through the youth academies of Perez Galdos and CD Leganes before joining Real Madrid’s prestigious youth setup in 2012.
He has progressed steadily through the ranks and has become an important player for Real Madrid Castilla, the club’s reserve team.
While first-team appearances have been limited, Arribas has enjoyed an excellent season so far, scoring 19 goals and providing seven assists in 36 games across all competitions.
He’s also featured four times for Real Madrid’s senior side. Though his future remains unclear, several La Liga clubs, Valencia included, are said to be admirers.
Valencia’s priority this season is avoiding relegation, but if they retain their top-flight status, rebuilding the squad will become the focus in order to climb up the table.
Valencia Want to Sign Highly-Rated Sergio Arribas
Staying in La Liga will be key to luring talented players in the summer, and Arribas would be an exciting addition. The midfielder is unlikely to join a team in the second division, especially as Real Madrid Castilla could get promoted this season.
A move to a La Liga side may tempt the 21-year-old, however, and at Valencia he would provide some much-needed goals.
Valencia would face competition from other La Liga clubs said to be interested in Arribas, like Real Valladolid and Real Sociedad.
It remains to be seen whether Real Madrid would consider permanently parting with their youth product, though a loan move could suit both parties if Arribas has maxed out his progression at lower levels.