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Bayern Munich schedule fresh contract talks with Real Madrid key target

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As we get closer and closer to the summer transfer window, speculations surrounding the future of Bayern Munich defender Alphonso Davies continue to grow amid strong interest from Real Madrid.

As is already well established, the 23-year-old left-back is one of Los Blancos’ key targets for the summer transfer window and the club are working on the operation already.

It has been suggested that there might already be a verbal agreement between Davies and Real Madrid, although Bayern Munich are yet to give up hopes of retaining the Canadian star.

Fresh contract talks to take place

Davies’ current contract with Bayern Munich expires in 2025 and the Bavarian giants have been trying hard to get him to sign an extension.

However, wage demands have proven to be a hindrace, with the 23-year-old seeking a salary worth around €20 million per year.

Now, journalist Florian Plettenberg reports that Bayern Munich have scheduled fresh talks with the left-back’s representatives this week to further discuss the matter.

Davies is a key target for Real Madrid. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

The Bundesliga champions are offering Davies a long-term contract until 2029 with a gross salary of around €11-13 million per year. However, the player and his camp remain firm on their demands of €20 million per season.

As such, Bayern are seeking clarity on the situation. If the two parties do not get closer to an agreement in the discussions this week, Die Roten will plan on offloading Davies in the summer.

Real Madrid will not spend big money on Davies

It has previously been reported that in case of a sale, Bayern Munich would likely demand a transfer fee of €60-70 million for Davies – a sum that Real Madrid have no intention of spending.

Given the fact that the 23-year-old will enter the final year of his contract this summer, Los Blancos see such a sum for his signing as excessive.

Furthermore, some reports in Spain suggest that the current La Liga leaders do not intend to spend more than €40 million on his signing.

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Real Madrid identify two major areas of threat from Borussia Dortmund

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The players in the Real Madrid dressing room are well aware that they are considered the favourites for the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

According to journalist Jorge Picon, the team’s performance in the final stages of the season has boosted their confidence and everyone in the squad believes they have a great chance of winning the final.

Despite this, though, there are some concerns about one player and two potential threats from the opposition. 

Now, Real Madrid are good at handling the pressure that comes with being the favourites, but they know that Dortmund are a team that cannot be underestimated.

Real Madrid aware of the threat Dortmund pose

This confidence, however, does not translate into arrogance. Real Madrid understand that Dortmund have the ability to cause them problems. 

To address this, manager Carlo Ancelotti must focus on two key challenges: dealing with offensive transitions and defending set pieces.

Dortmund are not a team that exert high pressure on their opponents, but they are very dangerous on the counterattack. 

Borussia Dortmund are very dangerous in set pieces. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

They play a direct and vertical style of football, relying on quick, few-touch plays to move the ball up the field. Instead of building play slowly from the back, they often utilise Mats Hummels’ ability to make precise long passes to players running behind the defence.

In terms of set pieces, Dortmund pose a significant threat with their tall players, as Niclas Fullkrug, Mats Hummels, and Nico Schlotterbeck are all over 1.90 meters tall, making them dangerous targets during corner kicks and free kicks.

Dortmund’s forwards are quick

Speed is another factor that Real Madrid need to be wary of. This is because Karim Adeyemi is a particularly fast player who can break through defensive lines with his runs. 

He usually plays on the wing and can switch sides with Jadon Sancho, but Adeyemi is considered Dortmund’s main offensive weapon due to his pace and ability to exploit spaces. 

While Sancho is also a skilled dribbler who can take on defenders one-on-one, Real Madrid has two reliable full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who will be tasked with stopping him.

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