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Barcelona add Real Madrid’s 16-year-old transfer target to its portfolio

At the tender age of 16, Franco Mastantuono showcased his potential in a handful of matches for the Argentine U-20 National Team under Javier Mascherano and River Plate. 

His remarkable skills quickly propelled him into the spotlight, earning him recognition as one of the brightest prospects in Argentine football. 

As a result, rumours began circulating in Spain, suggesting that Real Madrid are eager to secure his services as soon as possible.

Interestingly enough, a report from TyC Sports states that Barcelona have also added the 16-year-old to their agenda.

There’s an interesting story

A few days ago, reports emerged that Portuguese side Benfica initiated contact with the 16-year-old, but Barcelona’s entry may have disrupted their plans.

Barcelona have put Mastantuono under observation for now, rising tensions with Benfica over the player’s representation. 

Franco Mastantuono is being chased by Real Madrid and Barcelona. (Photo by Rodrigo Valle/Getty Images)

Benfica were fuming as they believed they had a chance to secure him for a mere €30 million, based on an outdated termination clause. However, no formal offer was made, only inquiries from various scouts worldwide.

River Plate learned from their mistakes

In response, River Plate swiftly took action, extending his contract until December 2026 with a hefty €45 million release clause, which escalates to €50 million just 10 days before the transfer window closes. 

The team from Argentina is not in a rush to part ways with their prized asset, and the player himself seems content to stay put. 

Should Real Madrid or Barcelona come knocking, they will have to cough up the full termination fee as River Plate will not entertain negotiations in the near future.

At River Plate, they are determined to avoid a repeat of their experience with Claudio Echeverri. 

They are taking precautions after losing their asset at the base price of his termination clause of €25 million to Manchester City and they do not want to face similar situations in the future.

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