Real Madrid will ‘break their non-aggression pact with Atletico Madrid by signing outstanding teenage talent Jesus Fortea from their city rivals’ academy… and it could be the start of a series of bad-blooded transfers’
- A truce over academy players between Madrid’s top clubs has come to an end
- Atletico’s teen right-back Jesus Fortea looks to be moving to Real’s youth system
- Los Blancos believe that Atletico will not be able to swoop for their young talent
Real Madrid are plotting their first youth signing from city rivals Atletico, after the end of a 15-year non-aggressive pact.
Right-back Jesus Fortea, born in 2007, is top of Real’s wish list of potential scoops from their crosstown foes, according to Marca.
The clubs had a verbal agreement between their respective presidents not to be aggressive at youth level, and it was in force for a decade and a half.
However, it was recently ended, which means Carlo Ancelotti’s Real and Diego Simeone’s Atletico might decide to ruthlessly try to take young talent from each other – with Real confident they will get the better side of that deal.
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Fortea signed for Atletico from Levante three years ago, but seems to be on the verge of switching allegiances after his entourage met with Real.
The hit 15-year-old communicated on Saturday that he will not continue at Atletico, which has left the team angry they are losing a player of his calibre despite developing him over recent years.
One of the youngster’s agents, Toni Munoz, played an instrumental role in the transfer.
Atletico are confident they will be able to keep midfielder Nacho Aalameda, the captain of their Alevin A, despite Los Blancos being reportedly keen on his services too.
Bayern Munich are trying to tempt promising midfielder Javier Fernandez away from Atletico too.
Real Madrid believe that Atletico will not be able to sign their talented young players, which has made them more able to push for Atletico’s budding stars without fear of retaliation.
Defender Nacho is one of several Real Madrid stars to have come through their youth system
Defender Nacho and midfielder Lucas Vazquez are among Real Madrid’s current first team players who emerged from the club’s internal talent pool.
Meanwhile Atletico’s first team captain Koke rose through their youth system to become a critical part of the club.
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