Real Madrid leading Arsenal in race for Reading prospect Caylan Vickers

The 18-year-old could get a dream move to Spain.

Real Madrid leading Arsenal in race for Reading prospect Caylan Vickers
Reading U18 v Manchester United U18 - FA Youth Cup
Caylan Vickers has quickly worked his way through the youth ranks at Reading (Picture: Getty Images)

Reading youngster Caylan Vickers is attracting a lot of attention from bigger clubs, including one of the biggest of them all in Real Madrid.

The 18-year-old only made his first team debut this season, but is now playing regularly for the Royals, turning out 11 times in League One and making four more appearances in the EFL Trophy.

The forward has scored three goals in all competitions so far this campaign, which has been a difficult one for Reading, with the team sitting 23rd in League One after a 3-1 home defeat to Barnsley on Saturday.

The Sun reports that he has done enough in his short career so far to interest a string of clubs, including the likes of Celtic, Leicester City and Norwich.

However, the headline-grabbing suitors are Arsenal and Real Madrid, with the Spanish giants considering a January move to bring him into their B team, Real Madrid Castilla.

Reading reportedly want around £1m for their talented teenager, plus a percentage of any future sale of Vickers.

After scoring his first League One goal against Bolton in September, Vickers said: ‘It’s a real moment… the main thing is we got the three points, but it was great to grab the winning goal – it feels good!.

Reading v Bolton Wanderers - Sky Bet League One
Vickers could join Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid (Picture: Getty Images)

‘The gaffer told me to play with energy, and try and make an impact, and I feel like I did that.

‘The trust Rubén has shown me is really good, it makes me play with a lot more confidence. For all of us young lads, having a manager who believes in us makes us play better. It is great having him, and great having him try to develop us on a regular basis – we try and pay him back as much as we can.

‘Some of the boys I have played with for ages throughout my career. I have been here for ten years and some of them have been there with me.

‘It helps having bonds like that off the pitch as well, when we come onto the pitch we know what each other are like and we can impact a game that way.’

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