It’s no secret that Real Madrid will plot a move for Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies next summer.
Adding to the report, AS has claimed that talks with his agent, Nedal Househ, have intensified over the last few weeks and everything indicates that he would be interested in the move as well.
Real Madrid are actively pursuing Davies to bolster an area of their team that has been identified as a weakness and the club is making significant progress towards achieving this goal.
For that matter, optimism is running high in Madrid as both the club and the player are showing positive signs of alignment and willingness to make this potential transfer a reality.
Bayern appear to have admitted defeat
Bayern Munich, in their repeated attempts to secure contract renewal of Davies, have safeguarded their roster with the acquisition of Borussia Dortmund left-back Raphael Guerreiro this past summer.
As a result, the reigning Bundesliga champions are open to discussions next summer regarding the potential departure of Davies to avoid losing him for free in 2025.
In Munich, they have already established a valuation of €50 million for his transfer.
Madrid not willing to match asking price
As far as Real Madrid are concerned, they appear reluctant to meet that figure, but the Germans establishing a value serves as a promising starting point.
It is reported that Jan-Christian Dreesen, the CEO of Bayern, will lead efforts to maximize the price for the departure of the Canadian.
Having assumed the role of CEO in May this year after a decade at the club, Dreesen plays a pivotal role in the negotiations as he was instrumental in securing the signing of Harry Kane.
Right now, the interest in Davies is aplenty, with Manchester City and Chelsea said to be keeping an eye on him.
Both the player and his agent are aware that Real Madrid intend to invest significantly in him, but there is some caution towards not engaging in a bidding war that could leave them financially outmatched by the formidable financial resources of Premier League teams.
For now, manager Carlo Ancelotti has his reservations regarding Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia’s longevity and consistency which makes Davies the best bet for the team.
However, given the interest, it will be interesting to see how the story unfolds in the summer.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo