A signal flashes intensely on Madrid’s radar. Gabri Veiga gains strength in the white planning for the next season. The explosion in the First Division of the Celta youth squad, 20 years old, has not gone unnoticed in the offices of the white club, at all levels, and his possible signing convinces more and more in sports management. In Madrid he is seen with good eyes. They estimate that he is a player with projection (he has made his debut with the Under-21 and has been on Luis de la Fuente’s pre-list for the Absolute), affordable (although he has a contract with the olive entity until 2026, his termination clause is ‘ only’ 40 million euros) and with a goal. To this is added its national product labelwho also likes Valdebebas to improve the share of Spaniards in the first team.
If there is something that stands out in the irruption of Gabri Veiga, it is his scoring contribution despite being a pure midfielder. He is the second top scorer for Celta in this League (and the ninth of the entire championship), with nine goals (Aspas has 12) and he has also given three assists. Numbers that place him among the best midfielders in that section of the five major European leagues. Figures that stand out even more if they are put in context with the minutes played: mark or give an assist every 126′.
Your contribution He has not suffered despite the fact that since the arrival of Carvalhal he has played in a more backward position (in the double pivot with Fran Beltrán) than in which he worked with Coudet. Almost the opposite: he scored three goals in his 12 games with the Argentine coach and has six (including doubles against Betis and Valladolid) under the Portuguese.
How determined Real Madrid is to launch his signing depends in part on what happens in the midfield. Modric, Kroos and ceballos contract ends at the end of this season. The Croatian publicly expressed his willingness to renew if, at 37 years old, and he maintains his high performance (which he is doing). More uncertain is the future of the German and that of the Utrerano. If either of the two does not continue, the white commitment to Gabri Veiga will be even stronger.
The other suitors in the bid
The main competitors for the Porriño midfielder are in England. Arsenal, Manchester City and United have been following in his footsteps for some time and in recent weeks Newcastle has also added to the interest. The 40 million euros of his termination clause make Veiga a whole ‘bargain’ taking into account the figures that are handled in the Premier. As a reference, in recent years nine U-21 players have exceeded 50 million transfers in that league.
there resides one of the risks that will be posed to Madrid. Let one of the English teams throw the blanket over their heads and offer Celta a sum greater than the clause to ensure the transfer. Madrid is not going to go crazy and play another trick. As reported by Cadena SER, the whites are considering offering 25 million and including Rafa Marín in the operation.
The player has made a move towards the upcoming summer and has recently left the agency with which he worked to put himself in the hands of Pini Zahavi. The Israeli representative is one of the most famous in the market. He leads Lewandowski, among others, and mediated Neymar’s arrival at PSG, the most expensive signing in history.
Return to the national market
His signing would also serve to reinforce the presence of national players in the first team after a season in which Ancelotti’s team came out against Villarreal without any player born in Spain in the starting eleven. Madrid has not signed a Spanish footballer since he arrived in January 2019 Brahimwhose return after two years on loan at Milan is also in the white plans.
LaLiga Santander 2022/2023
|real Madrid -Real Valladolid||D-02/04 16:15|
|real Madrid – Villarreal||S-04/08 21:00|
|Cadiz – real Madrid||S-15/04 21:00|
*Data updated as of March 21, 2023
The two most common Spaniards in Ancelotti’s eleven, Carvajal (31 years old) and Nacho (33), are over thirty, like Lucas Vázquez (31). The future of the other two who have minutes more regularly, Asensio (27) and Ceballos (26), is not clear. Veiga would rejuvenate the midfield and ‘Spanishize’ the team.
Atleti is also attentive to any movement from the Galician
In the offices of Atlético de Madrid they are also not oblivious to the explosion of Gabri Veiga. In the rojiblanca entity they are very aware of how difficult it would be to undertake the signing of the emerging star of Celta, especially due to the economic issue. But even so, informal surveys have already been carried out around the footballer.