Chelsea lead race for Real Madrid transfer target dubbed “excellent” by Ancelotti

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When it comes to scouting top Spanish talents, not many have been as prolific as Real Madrid throughout the years. Particularly those who shine in La Liga youth academies become on the radar of Real Madrid. Chelsea, though, have become infamous for signing established Spanish talents, such as Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Fernando Torres.

Therefore, it is no surprise to see the two European superclubs crossing paths yet again. It has been established that Chelsea are now leading the race to sign a former Real Madrid transfer target who was dubbed as "excellent" by Carlo Ancelotti.

Chelsea lead race for Real Madrid transfer target dubbed “excellent” by Ancelotti

According to Fichajes, Gabri Veiga is set for a big European move, after regretting his decision to sign for the Saudi Pro League. It is revealed that despite Chelsea only just joining the race, they already lead the pack as the first club who are "already preparing an initial offer of 40m euros".

The former Celta midfielder joined Saudi Pro League side Al-Ahli in 2023, after making promising strides in Europe and emerging as one of the best young talents.

Since joining the SPL, Veiga has made 16 appearances and scored four goals. So, not a bad return but he hasn't stole the limelight as he would hope to.

Still ageing at 21 years old, Veiga is now eyeing a fruitful return to play for one of Europe's superclubs. Chelsea certainly fit that calibre, despite trailing off in recent seasons.

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The current Real Madrid manager, who Chelsea fans know incredibly well, described their transfer target as "excellent."

In his own words (via Sports Mole), Carlo Ancelotti said: "I like [Veiga], he is an excellent player who has something special."

Ancelotti is certainly a fine judge of character when it comes to young talents. After all, he has coached some of the greatest players in history, so he has developed an eye for greatness.


Where do you think Gabri Veiga will play next season?