Arsenal and Dortmund have been given a huge boost in their pursuit of Real Valladolid wonderkid Ivan Fresneda after ‘his release clause is halved following relegation from La Liga’… with the 18-year-old ‘now available for just £17 million”
Real Valladolid’s relegation from LaLiga could be a double blow to their hopes, with star defender Ivan Fresneda now available for a reduced fee.
The Spanish youth international had only featured once in the Segunda Division before Valladolid’s promotion to the top flight last term but has become a regular fixture this term.
His impressive performances in the league and Copa Del Rey have not gone unnoticed, with the likes of Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund – among many others – interested in securing his services this summer.
Fresneda was expected to net the relegated side a fee of around £34.5m (€40m), but was reduced after Valladolid fell to the second tier after just a year in La Liga.
As a result, potential suitors could snap up the 18-year-old – who has revealed he is learning German and English – for just £17.2m (€20m).
Ivan Fresneda has attracted interest from some elite European clubs after impressing this term
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are believed to be among the leaders in the race to sign the 18-year-old
Edin Terzic and Borussia Dortmund are also reportedly monitoring Fresneda’s current situation
Fresneda is under contract until 2025, having only put pen to paper last summer on his current deal, which includes a number of performance-based clauses.
One of these actually stipulated that after making as many appearances as he managed in 2022-23 in the league – 22 – his price would be set at £34.5m, just for the heartbreak of demotion to cut that number in half, according to Radio BRAND.
At Arsenal and Dortmund, Fresneda appears to have captured the attention of two of Europe’s most exciting young sides, but interest from some of the continent’s traditional giants is nothing new to him.
Starting his career in the Real Madrid academy and having only played six games was already courting the interests of Italian sides Juventus, AC Milan and Inter.
However, it is Bournemouth who have come closest to signing the youngster this season, according to reports.
Still, a combination of Valladolid’s enticing valuation and the player’s reluctance to leave ended a potential loan deal in January.
Fresneda – a right-back by trade but equally capable of playing as a centre-back or in midfield – had won just one game at the start of March but apparently had enough potential to attract some of the wealthiest clubs in the world. game.
Although he apparently didn’t want to join Bournemouth midway through the season with his side in a precarious position, he has also expressed his desire to join a club vying for some of the game’s most prestigious honours.
Paulo Pezzolano’s Valladolid were relegated on the final day of the season after a 0-0 draw with Getafe
Relegation has halved the release clause of Fresneda (centre), according to reports in Spain
“My agent keeps me away from it a lot. I don’t really like to look at what a journalist could have written, but I experienced everything with great emotion, ”explained Fresneda, in an interview with Athleticism.
“I am very grateful to the club, to the previous coach, and I try to manage it as naturally as possible.
“I am very young, I have to go step by step, not go back. At my age you have to keep improving and I’m doing it at Valladolid.
“Everyone would like to go to the best teams in the world and that is of course one of my ambitions.”