In the summer of 2022, Real Madrid pipped Liverpool to the signing of Aurelien Tchouameni.
While Jurgen Klopp was rumoured to have engaged in private conversations with the 22-year-old, his sights were always set on joining the European champions. It seems as if the two clubs are set to go head-to-head in the race to sign yet another highly-rated midfielder.
However, it is interesting to note that Carlo Ancelotti’s side have considered the possibility of finalising a deal for the Brazilian as soon as in the January transfer window.
A factor behind the club’s willingness to complete a deal for the Flamengo star is because they eye him as the rightful heir to Casemiro’s throne, who joined Manchester United this summer.
It has been mentioned that Los Blancos would rather not trigger the 21-year-old’s clause, while Liverpool could do so to right their wrongs after facing defeat in their bid to sign Tchouameni.
While it was possible for both clubs to sign Gomes at a snip in the summer, the wonderkid was tied down to a long-term contract till 2027 as recently as in September.
With Liverpool’s failure to wrap up a deal for both Gomes and Tchouameni in the summer, their midfield has suffered due to a lack of much-needed investment.
The same cannot be said for Real Madrid, as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are virtually ageless, whilst Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni look primed to carry the baton for the next decade.
Only time will tell how willing the club is to sign Joao Gomes, with Jude Bellingham also seemingly on their radar.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.