Perennially in pursuit of trophies and glory, Real Madrid are always on the lookout for elite talents capable of raising the squad’s bar.
While the Merengues have ample options at left-back, with Ferland Mendy also in good form, Real Madrid continue to be allured by the idea of acquiring Bayern Munich star, Alphonso Davies.
Davies high on Madrid’s wishlist
Real Madrid have been opportunistically following the events surrounding Alphonso Davies over the past few months, with Fabrizio Romano reporting that the Canadian international remains a top target for Real Madrid.
The information argues that Bayern Munich will not throw in the towel so easily. Intent on retaining the 23-year-old’s services, they will try until the summer to renew his contract.
Reports have previously stated that Davies and Bayern have struggled to find common ground, with the Canadian demanding €13 million per season, which would make him one of the highest-paid players in the squad.
The Bavarians are currently holding out as they show no intention of disrupting their wage structure, which is the primary cause for negotiations between both parties stalling.
As such, if an agreement is not reached, Real Madrid will have a huge opportunity to sign the €70 million-rated full-back this summer.
With Davies’ contract set to expire in June 2025, Bayern would be open to hearing offers for their star player before he becomes a free agent, allowing the Royal Whites to pounce on the situation.
While the report mentions that Bayern will continue to persuade Davies until the summer, so far, he has turned down their offers of a contract extension, and the Bavarians will be compelled to sell him if this pattern keeps up until June.
Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report
Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.
The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.
Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.
This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.
Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia
Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.
With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.
This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.
Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.
What are Ancelotti’s other options?
Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.
The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.
Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.
Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.