Real Madrid move ahead of Arsenal in potential surprise transfer swoop for Reading FC player


The greatest example at present is Jude Bellingham, who made his Championship debut at Birmingham just four years ago, before going on to become a star player for Borussia Dortmund, and now Real Madrid, as well as a midfield lynchpin in Gareth Southgate's England side.

Many highly-tipped prospects will look at his career path with the dream of emulating such success in a short period of time, and for one man currently in the infancy of his career in League One, that could soon be the case.

Reading FC's Caylan Vickers is the man linked with a potential dream move to the Santiago Bernabéu this time, as per The Sun.

This is despite the fact the youngster only signed his latest professional contract at the Select Car Leasing Stadium in July as the Royals prepared for life back in the third tier for the first time since 2002.

Arsenal, who under Mikel Arteta have become serious contenders for a shot at their first Premier League title since 2004, are also said to be keeping tabs on Vickers' development in Berkshire.

This is especially after the 18-year-old scored twice against the club's under-21's side in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy clash in November, in which Ruben Selles' young squad emerged 5-2 victors, and have since progressed further in the competition with victory over Charlton Athletic on Wednesday evening.

The report goes on to say that the Royals are demanding a fee in excess of £1 million for the talenteed teenager, and they could do with that cash sooner rather than later due to the financial troubles at the Berkshure outfit which has led to multiple points deductions causing relegation and a frustrating start to this current campaign as the club sit 23rd in League One.

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