Real Madrid set to sign Caicedo ahead of Barcelona, Chelsea
Colombia international Linda Caicedo is poised to complete a move to Spanish club Real Madrid when she turns 18 this week.
Colombia starlet Linda Caicedo looks set to sign for Real Madrid. According to the Colombian media outlet El País, the forward will travel to Europe on Wednesday, her 18th birthday, to complete a deal with Madrid.
Caicedo set for Real Madrid unveiling later this week
The teenager is currently on international duty with Colombia at the 2023 Women’s Revelations Cup, a four-team tournament held in Mexico. La Tricolor play their final game of the competition against the host nation on Tuesday.
AS understands that Caicedo has decided to join Madrid ahead of other suitors including Barcelona and Chelsea, and is expected to be unveiled by the Spanish-capital club on Friday.
Colombia displays earn forward European move
“Last year was a very important year for me,” she told Fox Sports México recently. “My performances at international level opened up a lot of doors and, when you see all the clubs that are interested in me, it makes all the work I’ve done worthwhile. And not just the effort I’ve put in: my team-mates and my family, too.
“Now I just have to decide where I’d fit in best - where I could perform well and keep on growing as player.”
Caicedo, who currently plays for Colombian club Deportivo Cali, starred for her country at the Copa América Femenina in 2022, winning the player of the tournament award as the hosts finished as runners-up. She also impressed at the Under-17 and Under-20 Women’s World Cups last year, finishing as top scorer in the former.
Real Madrid second in Spanish league
With 19 matchdays played in the Liga F, Spain’s elite domestic women’s league, Real Madrid sit second in the table with 52 points, five off leaders Barcelona. Alberto Toril’s side are on a run of six wins in a row in all competitions, having last suffered defeat against Barça in the Spanish Super Cup in mid-January.