Real Madrid and River Plate will discuss the transfer of midfielder Exequiel Palacios in Madrid after the Copa Libertadores, says agent Renato Corsi.
In October, River Plate president Rodolfo D'Onofrio accused Madrid of acting ‘dishonestly’ and ‘disrespectfully’ over their pursuit of the midfielder, who has also been linked to Barcelona.
“Palacios is hurt that he cannot play the Copa final in El Monumental, a dream for him as a River Plate fan,” Corsi is cited as saying by Diario AS.
“It is also true that he wants to play in another beautiful stadium (the Santiago Bernabeu) and in a country like Spain, so it would be fantastic if he can then become a player for Madrid.
“The clubs have not yet discussed anything, Madrid conduct themselves very well and are always upfront and honest.
“Both teams have agreed to talk after the final, it will be discussed in Madrid.
“There are more teams interested, but Real Madrid have the advantage.”
The midfielder’s release clause is said to stand at €20m with Los Blancos agreeing a five-and-a-half-year contract which will commence in January.
Palacios made his debut for River as a 16-year-old and has recently won two international caps for Argentina, attracting interest from both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have also been linked with the midfielder which is said to have speeded up Madrid’s pursuit of the deal.
The central midfielder has made just 46 first-team appearances for River although 19 of those have arrived this year.
Such a move would represent a continuation of Madrid’s policy of signing young South American players with Brazilian teenagers Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes captured this year.