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Bayern Munich keen to offer new contract to Real Madrid target, talks on hold currently

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Just a couple of weeks after the summer transfer window and plans for the next year are already underway at Real Madrid.

The Merengues appear to be keen on strengthening the left-back position next summer despite having signed Fran Garcia earlier this year.

It is because Ferland Mendy’s fitness and form have led to frustration within the club and they are open to the idea of offloading him next summer, especially given his contract expires in 2025.

And, a suitable replacement for the left-back position has already been identified in the form of Bayern Munich speedster Alphonso Davies.

Bayern wish to renew Davies

Indeed, as per Kerry Hau of SPORT1, Real Madrid have had their eyes on Davies for a long time now, with recruitment chief Juni Calafat understood to be an admirer.

And with Davies’ contract with Bayern Munich expiring in 2025, Los Blancos see the next summer window as the apt time to move for the Canadian left-back.

Davies, for his part, is happy with the Bavarian giants but is understood to be toying with the idea of a possible departure after the ongoing season.

Bayern, though, are eager to hold on to Davies and are keen on offering him a new contract to tie down his future at the Allianz Arena.

At 22, the left-back is seen as a key asset and the German Bundesliga champions wish to retain his services for a long time.

Contract talks on hold

Bayern Munich had begun contract talks with Davies’ agent, Nick Houseu, in the past, but the talks are currently on hold after ex-director Hasan Salihamidzic was sacked at the end of the 2022/23 season.

The new administration in place, led by technical director Marco Neppe, wish to reopen talks with Houseu over a new deal for Davies.

However, the negotiations are unlikely to be straightforward as the Bavarians will need to assure Davies’ camp about the club’s sporting project and economic plan, amidst the recent air of instability at the club.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, continue to watch the situation unfold, waiting to strike while the iron his hot. It remains to be seen who comes out on top in the battle for Davies’ services.

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Copa America 2024: Rating ever Real Madrid player’s performance at the tournament

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Real Madrid had as many as five players representing them at the Copa America 2024 in the USA, with four of them being in the Brazil national team while another playing for Uruguay.

While Dani Carvajal enjoyed success with his national team at the Euro 2024, the story was much different for his Real Madrid teammates at the Copa America.

Indeed, it was a tournament to forget for the Brazilian contingent of Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, and Endrick as they failed to go past the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Federico Valverde’s Uruguay finished with the bronze medal in the tournament seeing off Canada in the third-place playoffs via penalties after failing to defeat Colombia in the semi-finals.

Here’s how the five Real Madrid stars fared for their respective nations at the Copa America in the USA.

Brazil

Vinicius Jr.: 6/10

After enjoying an excellent season with Real Madrid, Vinicius was handed the responsibility of leading Brazil at the Copa America, especially with Neymar unavailable.

Kicking off with a dull showing against Costa Rica but showed up against Paraguay, scoring a fine brace to help his team to their only win of the tournament. A booking in the game against Colombia meant he sat out of the quarterfinal loss to Uruguay due to suspension.

Rodrygo: 5/10

An underwhelming showing from the Real Madrid forward who was handed the No. 10 shirt for the Copa America. Deployed as a centre-forward for most of his appearances at the tournament, Rodrygo hardly appeared like a threat in attack.

Rodrygo and Endrick failed to impress. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Eder Militao: 5/10

It was a mixed bag for Eder Militao at the Copa America as there were some indications of him returning to his best while he was also caught out at times and his passing from the back was sloppy. Guilty of missing his penalty in the shootout loss to Uruguay in the quarterfinal.

Endrick: 4/10

Bestowed the No. 9 shirt at the biggest tournament of his career so far at the age of just 17, Endrick failed to step up for Brazil.

A late substitute in each of the three group games, Endrick started in the quarterfinal against Uruguay in Vinicius’ absence but looked overawed by the occasion and failed to make any sort of impact.

Uruguay

Federico Valverde: 7/10

Federico Valverde stepped up for Uruguay. (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)

One of the stars of the show for Uruguay in their third-place run at the Copa America, Valverde was a consistent performer in midfield for La Celeste, putting in all-round solid displays while also catching the eye with his set-piece delivery.

The Real Madrid midfielder even scored a goal in the group game against Bolivia and dispatched his penalty in the shootout win against Canada in the third-place playoff.

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