The ongoing season has Real Madrid hit with injury troubles one after the other, with the centre-back department the worst-affected.
On the first matchday of the season, Eder Militao ruptured his ACL putting him on the sidelines for a long time.
David Alaba had some fitness issues before he too suffered an ACL injury towards the end of 2023 and was ruled out of the season, leaving Carlo Ancelotti with just Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger as the fit senior defenders.
Things got only worse for Real Madrid last week as Rudiger suffered a thigh injury, forcing the manager to use Dani Carvajal at the heart of the defence against Atletico Madrid. And with Nacho also now injured, Ancelotti has no fit senior centre-back left at his disposal.
Ancelotti to take risks with Militao
The injuries and the chopping and changing at the back have affected Real Madrid’s defensive performances in recent matches and are causing concerns at the club.
As such, SPORT is reporting that Ancelotti could decide to take a risk with Militao given the serious problems he is having in that defensive axis.
Militao’s return is approaching after almost seven months of recovering from that serious knee injury. The Brazilian’s progress is good and the coaching staff hope to see him training with the team this month.
However, the former FC Porto defender would still need some time, potentially more than a month, to be 100% fit and match-ready.
Ancelotti has always been an advocate of not risking players when they are not at 100%. And while it is true that Militao needs time to get back to his best, the competition waits for no one and the manager needs to stop the bleeding in the centre of defence.
It is not to say that Militao will be rushed back right away, but if the situation does not improve, the possibility of bringing him back into the fold earlier than anticipated is not ruled out.
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.