Venezuelan 18-year-old wonderkid linked with Real Madrid

Venezuelan 18-year-old wonderkid linked with Real Madrid

Adalberto Penaranda
Venezuela's Adalberto Penaranda vies for the ball with Colombia's Davinson Sanchez during their South American U-20 football match at Domingo Burgueno stadium in Maldonado - Getty Images

Venezuelan pearl Adalberto Penaranda has become one of the most sought-after young talents in Europe in his first season as a professional footballer.

The 18-year-old is completing a superb season for Granada in La Liga and he has caught the attention of many European giants, including Real Madrid.

Spanish sports newspaper AS has revealed that Penaranda was close to becoming a Real Madrid player back in 2013, and now Los Blancos could be considering to try it again.

AS has reported that Penaranda was picked among 5,000 kids for a trial with Los Merengues. The footballer travelled to Madrid but didn’t stand out in the training session, but that was not the reason why Los Blancos decided not to sign him.

According to AS, Real directors ruled out Penaranda’s signing for the threat of a transfer ban, as the kid was only 15 years old and FIFA’s rules forbid the transfer.

After that, Penaranda went back to South America and ended up signing for Udinese before moving to Granada.

Early this week, Watford reached a deal to sign the Venezuelan, leaving him on loan at Granada until the end of the season. However, Los Blancos directors have surely not forgotten about the talented striker and will probably contact him should he continue improving his game.