Real Madrid’s upcoming clash against Girona promises to be a fascinating battle. Both teams are riding high on confidence after their sensational run in La Liga so far this season, and the winner on the night can boast of being the sole leader of the Spanish league.
The game, however, also has another parallel storyline that is equally fascinating. It will mark the return of Miguel Gutierrez, one of La Fabrica’s great talents to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Premier League sides on the prowl
The 22-year-old signed for Girona in August 2022 for a fee of just €5 million and has been ripping up the left flank for the Catalans.
In just 22 league appearances so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists. Further, he averages one key pass per game and has created ten big chances.
According to reports from Rodra, Gutierrez dreams of returning to Real Madrid and is aware that it is not entirely impossible. Concurrently, however, he has irresistible offers from some of the world’s elite.
Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City are some of the clubs to be closely monitoring his situation.
In fact, he even had an official offer on the table in the winter transfer market but declined it in the hope of Real Madrid’s re-entry.
Moreover, he did not wish to leave Girona during a special season that could well be a historic one for the Catalans Institute.
Real Madrid’s clause
Despite selling the player for €5 million, Real Madrid parted with only 50% of the player’s rights and still has leverage over his future.
As per the clause pre-agreed, Los Blancos only need to pay €8 million to sign Gutierrez back in the summer.
Had they wished to sign him in January, they would be forced to shell out €35 million, although the sum would have halved to €17 million as they own 50% of the player’s rights.
With Alphonso Davies already a priority for next season, it remains to be seen what stance the Merengues have in mind for Gutierrez.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.