Following the culmination of the summer transfer window, teams participating in the UEFA Champions League have until midnight of September 2, i.e., today, to submit their official 25-man squad for the group stages of the competition.
And, current trophy holders Real Madrid have all but two slots filled on their list for the competition. Indeed, as reported by AS, Carlo Ancelotti has two vacant spots left on the squad list for the Champions League and will need to decide between three players to fill them.
The three players in contention to occupy those slots, as per the report, are Vinicius Tobias, Noel Lopez and Iker Bravo – all of whom are currently part of the Real Madrid Castilla team.
While players from the subsidiary side can be named on the B list of the Champions League squad, the players need to have been at the club for at least three years to be included on that list.
However, Tobias has been at the club only since January while Lopez and Bravo have signed for Los Blancos only during the summer transfer window.
Hence, if Real Madrid wish to include them in their plans for the Champions League, the trio would have to be named on the A list of the squad, which has only two spots open.
Both Lopez and Bravo are strikers with great potential and considering the lack of backup options for Karim Benzema in the first-team squad, they could be good choices for manager Ancelotti.
Alternatively, Vinicius Tobias cannot be used in La Liga as the three non-EU spots in the squad have been taken up. So, the Champions League would be the only avenue for him to get any minutes with the first-team, although both Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are ahead of him in the pecking order.
It will be interesting to see who, if any of the three, Ancelotti decides to name in the 25-man list which needs to be submitted by midnight today.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.