A little over week after Real Madrid’s stellar win against Chelsea in the Champions League, the Galacticos have emerged once again in pursuit of Antonio Rudiger following a roadblock in negotiations earlier in the year.
Reports from MARCA suggest that Madrid are once again contemplating a summer move for the centre-back, who has also been linked to rivals Barcelona. Rudiger’s agents have reached out to Los Blancos to try and negotiate a move.
Rudiger’s Chelsea contract is due to end this June, but none the German’s many potential suitors have managed to make a lot of progress in negotiating a deal for him due to the exceptionally high contract demands.
The Spanish outlet stated that Rudiger’s entourage was demanding a four-year deal amounting to over 55 million euros in salary and bonuses, a figure that none of the candidates — all elite clubs in Europe — have been able to meet.
In their Champions League quarterfinal encounter, the 29-year-old reportedly impressed Real Madrid despite one slip-up that led to Karim Benzema’s goal.
Factors that may influence Madrid’s approach to him will certainly be whether or not he decides to be flexible with his economic demands, and whether the renewal of Eder Militao is completed easily.
The Whites are very happy with the Brazilian centre-back and are ready to reward him with a decent salary increase. If Rudiger is not willing to compromise, they will not make much of an effort to sign him.
Wages will also be an important factor for Barcelona if they pursue the German, but he may end up getting a lucrative deal with PSG or Juventus.
Real Madrid may look to sell 24-year-old star if top target arrives in the summer – report
Real Madrid are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to assemble an even stronger squad for the upcoming campaign.
Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies are the club’s top targets in that regard, for the two new signings will be regular starters and bonafide difference makers on the field for Los Blancos.
The latter, in particular, arrives to reinforce a position where none of Carlo Ancelotti’s current options are convincing. Fran Garcia and Ferland Mendy have both had their hiccups at the left-back position for Real Madrid, leaving the position open for Davies to take over.
A potential departure
As revealed by MARCA, Davies’ arrival next season will jeopardise Garcia’s importance in the team for the Canadian will be the manager’s first choice by a mile.
Moreover, Ancelotti is said to be in favour of renewing Mendy, implying that Garcia will practically be his third choice.
Come summer, Garcia could thus be sold if the club receive an offer that they can make money off. Considering that they shelled out €5 million last summer for his incorporation, any offer north of that mark could do the job.
In 18 appearances and 11 starts in La Liga this season, the 24-year-old has provided four assists for Los Blancos. Interestingly, he has started just one of Real Madrid’s last six games across all competitions.
As revealed earlier this week, Real Madrid have reached a verbal agreement with Alphonso Davies. An agreement with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee could be a difficult proposition, however.
As such, it is unclear if Los Blancos will make the move for Davies this summer at a subsidised fee or wait until next year when the player will be a free agent.
Garcia’s future, needless to say, depends on their plan of action on the Davies front.