Bayern Munich are reportedly leading the race to sign Manchester United and Leeds-linked winger Lucas Vazquez after offering him a contract.
Vazquez has proved a key servant to Real Madrid after rejoining the Los Blancos ranks. He initially entered the Under-17s team in 2007 before leaving for Espanyol in 2014. However, Rafael Benitez activated the forward’s buy-back clause in 2015 and he has made 237 appearances since his return.
However, doubt has now emerged over his future in the Spanish capital.
Vazquez’s contract runs out this summer and, as such, free agency looms unless he can agree a new deal. But, as previously reported, Sport claims (via Sport Witness) that he has been left ‘disappointed’ with Madrid’s offer.
Therefore, the race is on to snap up the three-time Champions League winner, with Leeds and Everton entertaining links in the past.
Sport‘s report on Thursday adds that Manchester United, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City are all willing to offer more than the €3million (£2.5million) three-year deal Los Blancos have put on the table.
But while that may be true, their efforts could be in vain.
Indeed, Bayern have reportedly come forward with a four-year contract offer that beats Madrid’s proposal.
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It remains unclear whether Vazquez will accept, but – as per him being in the final six months of his deal – he is free to talk and agree terms with clubs outside of Spain.
In fact, the report claims that only an ‘unexpected turn of events’ will keep Vazquez at Madrid.
The club’s offer features a 10 per cent wage reduction due to the cost of the coronavirus pandemic.
Altetico Madrid and Inter also have an interest. However, their own financial problems make a swoop from the clubs unlikely.
Vazquez wants to be rewarded
Vazquez’s main problem with Madrid’s offer is that he does not feel it reflects his hard work this season.
The nine-time Spain international has played in 22 of 28 La Liga games and is ahead of Rodrygo, Isco, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior and Eden Hazard in the pecking order.
Vazquez last extended his contract in the summer of 2016.