Real Madrid are, for the most part, flying this season despite losing Karim Benzema on a free transfer to Al Ittihad. Jude Bellingham’s signing has proven to be crucial for the Spanish outfit, as the Englishman now spearheads the team into a new era.
However, it is clear that there are several positions on the pitch that have proven to be a headache for Carlo Ancelotti. The centre-forward role is one of them, while there is a severe lack of right-wingers in the team as well.
Madrid arguably need a centre-back and right-back, as well, but arguably neither more important than a new left-back. And unsurprisingly, they have already identified their primary target ahead of the 2024 summer transfer window in Alphonso Davies.
The Bayern Munich star becomes a free agent in 2025, and is not expected to sign a renewal with the German giants. He is tempted by Real Madrid’s interest, but other teams have joined the race now, as well.
Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea interested
According to a report by 90min, there is ample interest from the Premier League, as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea are looking to sign Davies from Bayern in the summer of 2024. PSG are also keeping tabs on his situation.
The quartet, however, and Bayern Munich, believe that the player has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid, and it will be difficult to convince him otherwise.
Madrid will look to spend a large part of their budget financing a move for Davies, and are also expected to target one of Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland, with the board convince they are in need of a ‘killer’.
Davies’ agent confirms massive interest
Davies’ agent, Nedal Huoseh, has played down the rumors for now, saying, “Phonzy is at Bayern Munich, that’s where his focus is at.”
He also confirmed the interest from several clubs across Europe at the same time.
“There is interest from many teams. I read the same articles on the internet, but in the end we will see what happens in the coming months.”
“I am sure that Real Madrid can be one of the clubs that would like to sign Davies, along with several English Premier League teams. They all want to have one of the best left-backs in the world,” he added.
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.