Real enter race for D’Agostino

Big-spending Real Madrid have joined the race to sign in-demand Udinese midfielder Gaetano D’Agostino.

The 27-year-old has made 94 league appearances for the Bianconeri, netting 13 times, since arriving from Messina in 2006, with his form in 2008/09 helping the club reach the latter stages of the UEFA Cup and himself earn full international honours for Italy.

As a result, D'Agostino has been linked with a move away from Udinese, with Juventus the initial favourites to complete a deal for the player, only for talks to break down between both clubs.

Udinese owner Gianpaolo Pozzo had previously stated that an English side had also expressed an interest in the former Roma man, with London trio Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur - who D'Agostino featured against in last season's UEFA Cup - thought to be in the running for his signature.

However, Pozzo has now revealed that the 31-time la Liga champions - who under returning president Florentino Perez have already splashed more than €200 million on Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Raul Albiol - have been in touch.

“There are negotiations in place and we will see if there are further details and other meetings soon,” he told

“In any case, the price of the player will not change. He costs €25 million for Real Madrid like it was for Juventus.”

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