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Real Madrid Transfer News: Blancos Must Make Good on Luciano Vietto Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistApril 2, 2015

VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 24: Luciano Dario Vietto of Villarreal CF looks on during the la Liga match between Levante UD and Villarreal CF at Ciutat de Valencia on August 24, 2014 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has no easy task to get his hands on Villarreal maestro Luciano Vietto this summer, but the Argentinian ace is a figure worth fighting for.

Chiefest of all concerns for Los Merengues is the striker's apparent desire to play in Catalonia alongside countryman Lionel Messi, having told Argentinian newspaper Ole (h/t Izzy Horsefield of the Daily Express):

Everybody dreams of being able to play alongside Messi. It would be a dream come true, of course. But, genuinely, the transfer speculation is something that I take in my stride. I'm just concentrating on Villarreal.

I use all of these rumours as motivation to keep pushing myself to improve. I have no doubt that if I keep doing well everything will come in its own time.

After bagging 12 goals in 26 La Liga appearances this term, a host of European suitors are rightly lining up outside El Madrigal's doors in the hopes of luring Vietto to their borders.

However, according to Spanish newspaper AS, Villarreal are looking to fend off speculation and extend the forward's deal, in which case they would increase his buyout clause, which stands at €20 million:

AS English @English_AS

Villarreal hope to keep Vietto for another season at least: http://t.co/cJkRujUgJo

And therein lies one of the most poignant reasons in why Real should be chasing a deal for the 21-year-old currently taking Spain's top flight by storm—his price tag at present is an extremely affordable one.

Despite speculation often linking Karim Benzema with a host of interested parties, the Frenchman remains Ancelotti's outright choice to start up front and deservedly so following significant improvements in Madrid.

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 14: Head coach Diego Pablo Simeone (R) of Atletico de Madrid embraces Luciano Dario Vietto (L) of Villarreal CF prior to start the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Villarreal CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on Dece
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Alvaro Morata couldn't edge his way into the spotlight and challenge Benzema for a place in the starting XI, but perhaps Vietto is already showing the Spanish elite that he's ready to contend on a bigger stage.

Los Blancos may well already be making their move on the youngster, too, after Eurosport reported that rival Atletico Madrid had accused Real of tapping up Vietto:

Eurosport UK @Eurosport_UK

Euro Papers: Atletico accuse Real Madrid of tapping up Luciano Vietto http://t.co/7BK58FlDC0 http://t.co/tFK2mkVyfh

For a player in Vietto's circumstance, it's difficult to know which route to take, a stigma that affects any and all emerging superstars. While logic may insist first-team football and opportunities are the better long-term option, the glamour of the Bernabeu is an opportunity that doesn't come around every day.

Vietto may not be the only attacker Real are weighing up, either, with Jonathan Johnson arguing whether Madrid may be a plausible destination for a slightly disgruntled Zlatan Ibrahimovic:

Vietto wouldn't be your average Real Madrid transfer with the fact the South American has only one season of European football under his belt and would by no means be guaranteed a starting spot.

However, the European champions have become all too accustomed to big-money moves that can allegedly do no wrong; Vietto would be an out-of-character—but by no means less valuable—investment.

Argentina are lucky enough to be blessed with a stellar array of forwards at present in the likes of Messi, Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero.

However, there's a new generation also causing waves, and Spanish writer Sergi Dominguez ranks Vietto above fellow Argentina starlet Paulo Dybala, impressing at Palermo:

Sergi Domínguez @FutbolSergi

@mbz88 I really like/rate Dybala but I rather have Vietto. Will cost half as much and rate him higher.

Vietto's interest in a move to the Camp Nou may prevent Ancelotti from sealing any deal for the player, but the club would be smart to pounce while his price tag is so cheap.

Benzema may reign as Real's undisputed spearhead at present, but Villarreal's man of the moment would be a low-risk acquisition with potentially huge rewards to be reaped.

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