Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Giovanni Reyna, who is seen by many at the Santiago Bernabéu as a future superstar.
Despite being just 17 years old, Reyna is already a core part of Dortmund’s starting lineup. He has started all three Bundesliga games so far this season and has rewarded the faith in him by racking up one goal and four assists.
Unsurprisingly, the American international’s form has attracted plenty of attention from elsewhere. Liverpool have previously been linked with him and now Marca claim that Real have expressed an interest.
There is an acceptance at the Bernabéu that Real don’t exactly need Reyna, but club officials have been so impressed with his rise to prominence that he has been added on to the list of potential targets.
At the minute, Reyna is in the final year of his contract, which may have given Real some optimism about being able to get a deal over the line. However, Dortmund are said to be nearing an agreement over a new contract with the teenager.
Bild state that Reyna will put pen to paper on a new three-year deal as soon as he turns 18 on November 13, which means Real would have to work a whole lot harder to convince Dortmund to part ways with him.
“Yes, it’s true,” executive Michael Zorc said when asked about the contract talks. “We are trying to find a long-term solution with Gio.”
A new contract probably wouldn’t scare Real off, however. Los Blancos are rarely scared of throwing big money around to sign talented youngsters, and they’re already thought to be plotting such a move for Dortmund teammate Erling Haaland.
Despite that, it appears as though Reyna is settled in Dortmund and he is not looking for a move away just yet.
“Right now, I am very, very happy here, and that is all that counts,” he told Bild in September. “Dortmund is not a stepping stone to me. It is a club that is fighting for titles. The incredible fans alone make Dortmund something special.”