Deportivo La Coruña have confirmed they have reached an agreement to sell 19-year-old striker Noel Lopez to Real Madrid.
Noel made his breakthrough into Deportivo’s senior side this season and finished the campaign with 28 appearances, ten starts and four goals in Spain’s third tier, with the young striker seen as the standout talent of the current generation of youngsters of the Deportivo.
The lower league club tried to tie Noel down to a senior contract but were unable to complete a deal, with the player eventually confirming his desire to leave, and Real rushed to sign the young forward.
“Noel Lopez has ended his training career at RC Deportivo to pursue it at Real Madrid,” read a statement from the club.
“Respecting the will of the player in the penultimate year of his amateur contract, the two clubs have reached an agreement for the transfer of the footballer, in addition to agreeing on different variables that depend on the future development of the career of the Galician striker.”
Real are expected to send Noel straight to the Castilla side, but he could be given first-team minutes if Carlo Ancelotti loses the majority of his attacking options.
Mariano Diaz has reportedly asked for a transfer, and with Luka Jovic and Borja Mayoral both also looking for an exit, Ancelotti could end up with Karim Benzema as his team’s only senior striker. Castilla striker Juanmi Latasa has been touted as a possible first-team option, and now Noel could also be used.