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Real Madrid head list of Euro giants in for Guehi with Barcelona, Juventus and Arsenal keen on transfer for England star

REAL MADRID head a list of European giants targeting England star Marc Guehi.

Barcelona and Juventus are keeping tabs on Crystal Palace’s £50million-rated centre-back.

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And North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are also long-term admirers.

Guehi, 23, is expected to be sold this summer but Palace want a similar fee to the £50m they are receiving from Bayern Munich for Michael Olise.

The Chelsea academy graduate has just two years left on his Selhurst Park contract and the Eagles could be tempted to cash in for fear of him running down his contract.

Manchester United have tracked his progress but are currently exploring a move for Bayern Munich centre-back Matthijs De Ligt.

Real are in the market for a centre-back after club icon Nacho, 34, left at the end of his contract to join Saudi side Al Qadsiah.

Guehi has arguably been England’s best player at this summer’s Euros, despite it being his first major tournament.

He was excellent in the first two group games against Serbia and Denmark, looking assured with his anticipation, passing and tackling.

The South Londoner, who was born in the Ivory Coast but moved to Lewisham aged one, also teed up team-mate Jude Bellingham for his last-gasp overhead kick against Slovakia.

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Secrets to Guehi’s stunning rise

WHEN he was a lad, England ace Marc Guehi loved playing the drums at church.

His religion was so important to him that he didn’t play football on Sunday.

Yet at just 23, the Crystal Palace captain didn’t miss a beat as the Three Lions won their first game in the Euros and he continued to establish himself as a fixture in the heart of the defence.

After England’s warm-up stinker against Iceland, his faultless and composed display in the 1-0 win against Serbia eased fans’ nerves after Harry Maguire missed out on the 26-man squad.

Marc still attends church and family is hugely important to him. This has made him respected and reliable both on and off the pitch and has helped put him on the path to success.

His drive to succeed started early. Marc’s school motto was “Be The Best That You Can Be” and he took it to heart.

The Crystal Palace ace was born in Abidjan, the largest city in the Ivory Coast, West Africa, but moved to England aged one.

His dad John, 52, became a minister at a church in Lewisham, South East London, where Marc played the drums.

Steve Owen, 65, who coached him from the age of five with Cray Wanderers, in Sidcup, South East London, before Marc moved to Chelsea’s youth system, detailed his stunning rise.

Read: The secrets to Guehi’s meteoric rise – from church on Sunday to Three Lions legend he idolised as a kid.

But he will miss Saturday’s quarter-final with Switzerland through suspension after picking a second booking of the tournament in the 2-1 win over Slovakia.

Aston Villa centre-back Ezri Konsa is tipped to take Guehi’s place.


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