Manchester United have dealt a huge blow in their pursuit to sign Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez. The Los Blancos have offered the Spaniard an improved contract to fend off interests from Premier League clubs like Chelsea and particularly United.
The 29-year-old forward has been an integral part of the Real team which has dominated Europe in the recent past. He has spent his entire career in Madrid, barring one season on-loan at Espanyol. He came through Real’s academy and has been part of the first team since 2015. Vazquez has won three Champions League, two La Liga titles, two UEFA Super Cup, and three FIFA Club World Cup.
A winger by trade, this season manager Zinedine Zidane has largely used Vazquez as a wing-back and he has put in some decent performances. He has two goals and eight assists to his name in 34 appearances this summer. But his current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season, making him a free agent in the summer.
This prompted United to take notice of the situation and make an inquiry about his availability. But it looks like they will fail to get their man this summer.
Vazquez to get an improved contract
According to Spanish outlet Marca, Real are set to reward Vazquez for his commitment by offering him a new contract. The club are determined to renew the attacker’s contract by offering him an improved contract.
The Los Blancos have offered him £84,000-a-week, which is an increase from his current pay. Vazquez and his representatives are reportedly happy with the offer and would like to sign the contract. But that will happen at the end of the season.
Real are pretty light on right-back position with the club surprisingly selling Achraf Hakimi to Inter last summer. The Moroccan was touted as the future right-back at the club. Alvaro Odriozola returned from his loan spell at Bayern, having won the treble there last season. But Zidane doesn’t favour him. And first-choice right-back Dani Carvajal has been out of action with injuries for a large part of the season.
Vazquez’s versatility and game-sense allow him to fill the right-back slot as well. And he has done that very well this season. And the reward for his services this season will be a new contract from his boyhood club.
A huge blow for United with Vazquez pursuit?
United’s interest in Vazquez came after he was offered to other clubs for free by his representatives, after failing to agree on a new deal with Real. But now it seems he is set to stay in the Spanish capital.
The Red Devils wanted Vazquez as a cover to first-choice right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has started the majority of games this season. But losing the race to sign Vazquez is not a massive blow for them.
They still have Diogo Dalot, who is currently on-loan at AC Milan for the remainder of the season. He has had a decent spell in Italy and he can be an able cover for Wan-Bissaka. They also have youngster Brandon Williams. Though the Englishman needs more first-team experience.
All in all, United should not be too disheartened about losing Vazquez. Rather they should focus on improving other key areas in the summer transfer window.