(Opinion): Real Madrid after wantaway Red; Klopp would do well to convince him to stay

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The future of Rafael Camacho remains unclear but it seems like he’ll be heading for the Anfield exit door. Real Madrid are aware of the situation and A Bola report that Zinedine Zidane could snap him up.

The Portuguese news outlet claimed that Camacho’s father went to Madrid to talk terms with Los Blancos with the 18-year-old and his representatives are eager to wait on a proposal from Real.

Through Jorge Mendes, the Portuguese connection at Wolves has made them keen suitors of the young Red. They remain the frontrunners for his signature, after Calciomercato reported that AC Milan have been seemingly priced out by Camacho’s demands. 

Camacho is also entertaining the possibility of a return to Portugal with offers reportedly on the table from Benfica and the club he began his career at, Sporting CP.

A Bola suggest that the 18-year-old could be one of the latest additions to La Fábrica – Real’s youth academy – with the Portugal U19 midfielder yet to agree to a stay at Anfield and his contract up in June. Klopp remains a big fan of Camacho, but the youngster could yet elect to depart this summer.

Previously coming out on Instagram to voice his dissatisfaction with being played at right-back, the Lisbon-born starlet didn’t do himself any favours with what felt like an impudent outburst after he scored a hat-track against Leicester’s U23s.

A few days later, he tried to correct his ill-thought outburst with an impassioned message about Klopp’s importance to him as a player, which sounded like a plea he wanted to stay.

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Klopp would do well to try and keep Camacho at Anfield, but if the teenage star is against the idea there’s not much the German can do to get him to renew a contract that has been green-lighted.

He would either have to make peace with potentially working with Trent Alexander-Arnold as a back-up right-back, or perhaps try and nail down a place at Anfield by first gaining minutes out on loan.

Were he to make the move to La Liga, however, the young Portuguese would probably go straight into their reserve team, with Real Madrid Castilla previously fostering the talents of Luis Garcia, Alvaro Morata, José Callejón, and even Fabinho.

Camacho started out at Sporting before moving to Manchester City at the tender age of 13; three years ago we made the move for him and brought him into the academy set-up.

He has since stepped up to the U23s this term where he has shone and earned a nomination for Premier League 2 Player of the Season.

He made his first-team debut in an FA Cup defeat to Wolves in January and came off the bench for his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace.

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