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Barcelona, Real Madrid set sights on Spanish midfield prodigy with €10 million release clause

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After duelling for the services of Pablo Torre last summer, Barcelona and Real Madrid could be set to battle it out for the signing of yet another young Spanish midfielder as both clubs have set their sights on Celta Vigo starlet Hugo Sotelo, reports journalist Oscar Mandez.

Sotelo, 19, is a product of the Celta Vigo youth academy and has been at the club since he was eight years old. The teenager is regarded as one of the most promising young midfielders in Spain after having made a big impression across all age-group levels during his time at Celta.

Sotelo made his first-team debut for the Galician outfit in 2021, at the age of 17. Since then, he has played only two more matches for the senior team, one of which came in the ongoing campaign. However, he has been in the matchday squad on several occasions.

At the same time, the midfielder is performing well in the RFEF Primera Division for the subsidiary team, racking up 22 appearances in which he has one goal and two assists.

Sotelo is described as a classic midfielder with good ability on the ball, a good shot from distance, and solid finishing ability. And these qualities have seemingly put him on the radars of two of the biggest clubs in Spain in the form of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Barça have reportedly been monitoring Sotelo for months and believe that he has the ability to adapt to the tactical philosophies of La Masia and eventually grow into a first-team player at the club in the future.

And while they have taken some steps towards making their interest apparent, there have been no open negotiations to sign him at this moment.

Real Madrid are also keen on Sotelo, having received good reports on the 19-year-old midfielder, but are yet to act on their interest.

The report states that Sotelo’s current contract with Celta Vigo runs until 2025 and has a release clause worth €10 million. And the La Liga club believe that neither Barcelona nor Madrid will pay that amount for a player who would be joining their reserve ranks initially.

Furthermore, they are also planning to offer him a new contract in the summer and increase his release clause amount to €20 million, which will further rise with time. The teenager, for his part, is happy at Celta Vigo and would be open to the renewal.

So, a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid might not be on the cards for this summer, but he continues to progress in the current manner, things could change in the future.

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