Real Madrid News
Liverpool midfield target wants to join Real Madrid in the summer – report
Though initially taken in bad taste, Kylian Mbappe’s rejection of Real Madrid has opened up multiple avenues in the club’s transfer market.
With a replenished budget and salary cap, Los Blancos now look to strengthen other positions that required urgent attention but were sacrificed for the Frenchman’s arrival.
One amongst these positions is the defensive midfield. Casemiro has stamped his authority over the CDM position for Real Madrid in recent years, but Florentino Perez considers it the optimum time to sign a replacement.
Aurelien Tchouameni has been on the transfer list of several European giants for the coming summer transfer window. However, reports last night said that the AS Monaco midfielder had agreements in place with both Real Madrid and Liverpool.
According to Paul Gorst, Liverpool have been informed by Tchouameni’s entourage that the player has opted to join Madrid in June.
In 33 league starts for the Ligue 1 side this season, the youngster has scored three goals and provided two assists. His biggest impact, however, is defensively. The 22 year old averages three interceptions, 2.5 tackles, a clearance and seven duels won per ninety minutes.
At Real Madrid, Tchouameni would be part of a long term project alongside Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde to replace the great midfield trio of Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric.
One could argue that he would not find a better project proposal with any other club in Europe.
It remains to be seen if Perez can complete the player’s transfer without any further twists in the tale. The player’s desire to don the white of Madrid, however, comes as a big relief to the club for it all but seals his move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid News
Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report
Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.
His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.
Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.
His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.
Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.
The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:
“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.”
While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.
His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.
Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.
Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.