At this point, it is no secret that Real Madrid plan to go after the signing of Bayern Munich rising star Alphonso Davies next summer.
The 23-year-old will be entering the final year of his contract with the Bavarian giants in 2024 and talks over a new deal have stalled.
As such, rumours about a possible transfer to Real Madrid have been intensifying a great deal in recent weeks, with reports suggesting that the Canadian left-back is leaning towards a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Bayern chief wants Davies to stay
Amidst the speculations, Bayern Munich Herbert Hainer has reiterated the club’s intentions to keep hold of Alphonso Davies beyond next summer.
The Bundesliga club chief acknowledged that Die Roten very much intend to retain the 23-year-old left-back and added that he hoped the player also sees things the same way.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Hainer said: “He’s with us under contract until June 2025, he’s one of the best full-backs in the world.
“Of course, we want to keep Davies and I hope he wants to stay also.”
Top target for 2024
Davies has emerged as a top target for Real Madrid for the summer of 2024, along with a new superstar forward.
The Merengues are eager to sign the Canadian international as a long-term fix for the left-back position where neither Ferland Mendy nor Fran Garcia have been convincing enough.
The interest in Davies is not entirely new, but Real Madrid will go after him in 2024, knowing that Bayern Munich will be forced to sell the 23-year-old if he does not agree to sign a new contract.
Furthermore, in order to make room for the Canadian ace, the Merengues are even prepared to part ways with Mendy.
Real Madrid summer signing set to return to training soon – report
Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.