Francescoli opens the door for Madrid in Exequiel Palacios deal
"His move to Real Madrid is already in motion but there is no hurry. It'll happen in the future", admitted the current River Plate sporting director on local radio.
Palacios has already played 24 games for "Los Millonarios" this season despite just being 20 and has already won the Copa Libertadores and has participated with the Buenos Aires side in the FIFA Club World Cup only for Al-Ain to pull off a shock eliminating the Argentine side on penalty kicks in the semi-final in December 2019. It was in the UAE where Francescoli and Florentino Pérez met and discussed Palacios' future.
Despite the feeling that the move is a mere formality, Inter Milan have emerged as another would-be suitor for the players signature. Sources in Italy report that the Serie A side are preparing a parallel bid for the Argentine reported to amount to 20 million euro. The sources revealed to AS that River Plate, despite the positive words of their sporting director are tiring of waiting for a definitive bid from Real Madrid and are anxious to close the ongoing situation and may react positively if the bid from the nerazzurri does finally materialise.