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Bayern Munich and Real Madrid planning late proposals for Espanyol’s Marc Roca

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For weeks it has been reported that Bayern Munich has been reluctant to pay Espanyol’s €40 million release clause on Marc Roca. Have the Bavarians had a change of heart or will Real Madrid jump in and steal the 22-year-old talent?

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Bayern Munich has been rumored to have interest in Espanyol defensive midfielder Marc Roca for most of the summer transfer window. The sticking point for the Bavarians, however, has been the €40 million release clause that they would have to pay to bring in the the 22-year-old talent.

Per Sky, Bayern is once again exploring a deal for Roca:

FC Bayern are still looking for a defensive midfielder and a transfer from Marc Roca will continue to be discussed. Things have calmed down in recent weeks around the 22-year-old Spaniard, but the record holder’s interest has by no means cooled off. However, Roca’s commitment is also linked to a possible departure of Renato Sanches.

Sanches, of course, tried to expedite his departure from Bavaria with a post-game outburst that allegedly got him fined (though it could have been for skipping a subsequent training session), but might have ultimately helped pave the way for him to leave the club.

Bayern Munich is now reportedly in deep discussions with Lille to send Sanches away for €30 million and possible bonus incentives. That fee could potentially be used to help procure Roca per Sky.

Roca’s agent Juan Manuel Mata reiterated to Sky that the “exit clause must be paid” and went on to drop a few hints that discussions are ongoing:

Still, very big European clubs are interested in Marc. A change is still possible, but a stay at Espanyol is also possible. We still have over a week left. His exit clause is 40 million euros, and they have to be paid: There are things in life you don’t negotiate about.

Given Bayern Munich’s reluctance to meet the release clause, you could easily assume that Mata’s statement was directed at the Bavarians. It is not just Bayern Munich, however, that is said to be eyeing Roca. Real Madrid is reportedly kicking the tires on the young Spaniard:

According to Sky info, besides the Bavarians, it is Real Madrid that has turned to Roca. The Royals are also looking for reinforcements in the central midfield and have not made any decisive progress with their efforts for Paul Pogba so far.

Could Los Blancos swoop in and block Bayern Munich? Stay tuned.