Real Madrid might have a fantastic record when it comes to identifying young talents like Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Fede Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga and more from all over the world and developing them into superstars at Santiago Bernabeu. But the same cannot be said about their ability to bring through the club’s own youth standouts into the senior team.
The club have many very highly rated youngsters at Castilla, who simply have not gotten the chance to show what they are capable of at the senior level. Many of them might be on their out this summer.
Rafa Marin is someone who is being heavily linked with a move away this summer. He has been linked with clubs like Real Betis, Villarreal and Celta Vigo.
But it looks like two of Europe’s biggest teams are keeping an eye on the Spanish defender’s situation as well. As reported by Defensa Central (via Fichajes), Marin has also made his way onto the of Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.
Chelsea eye move for Real Madrid defender this summer
Rumours had suggested that Marin was giving a priority to offers from Spanish clubs. But if teams the calibre of Chelsea and PSG come calling, it would be very difficult for the 21-year-old to turn the opportunity down.
Chelsea are particularly in need of a centre-back right now, after Wesley Fofana, who was believed to be a nailed on starter for the upcoming campaign, has suffered a serious injury. There are fears that his 2023/24 season might be already over and at the very least, he is set to be out for several months.
It remains to be seen if Chelsea or PSG do end up making a move for Marin this summer. The youngster also has to question whether he would get consistent player time there, which is what he needs right now.