Real Madrid ‘actively monitoring’ marketable Dortmund star

Real Madrid have shown a great deal of interest in Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, but he isn’t the only one on their radar.

Erling Haaland could be a dream target for Real Madrid, and Madridistas can only imagine how amazing their attack would be if Florentino Perez and Co. could pull off both a Kylian Mbappe and Haaland signing.

But while Haaland is Borussia Dortmund’s crown jewel, he isn’t the only player who has piqued the interest of Los Blancos.

According to a report from ESPN, Real Madrid are “actively monitoring” Dortmund attacking midfielder Gio Reyna, who is arguably the most complete and talented attacking prospect from the United States, even moreso than former Dortmund player and current Chelsea standout Christian Pulisic.

Per ESPN, Real are impressed with his potential as a playmaker and see the American as marketable off the pitch. The latter point does matter and does influence signings, though the prerequisite of talent has to be met.

Real Madrid may have competing interest from Barcelona for Gio Reyna

As Reyna’s connection with fellow youngsters Haaland and Jude Bellingham has shown, including a hat-trick of assists in a Bundesliga game against Freiburg this season, he clearly has the talent to play for the biggest clubs in the world.

ESPN adds that Real Madrid rivals Barcelona are also interested in Reyna, so there could be competition brewing between them.

Reyna probably isn’t a priority for Los Blancos, as talented as the American playmaker is. He can start as an attacking midfielder or on either wing, and Real could have use for that in certain systems. But at the price Dortmund would ask and with Real already having Martin Odegaard, Takefusa Kubo, and Reinier Jesus (loaned at Dortmund), a deal probably won’t happen.

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Still, it’s wise for Real to monitor Reyna. He is the real deal and makes passes that few at his age are able to make. His development will skyrocket in Dortmund, especially with the talent around him and the mentality the organization has towards young players like him.