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Manchester City among teams interested in La Liga defender, Real Madrid set to earn 50% transfer fee

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Miguel Gutierrez’s extraordinary form for Girona is proving to be a boon for Real Madrid. The 22-year-old left-back, who left Real Madrid in August 2022, is being eyed by several top teams, including Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, reports SPORT.

It is believed that Gutierrez has a contract with Girona until 2027 and has a release clause worth €35 million in his deal. Interestingly enough, we reported before that when transferring the 22-year-old in 2022, Madrid reserved 50% of his transfer rights.

Real Madrid have been quite smart about this dealing

Manchester City and Girona are owned by the same group, the City Group, giving the Premier League champions a great advantage to sign Gutierrez.

As far as Real Madrid are concerned, they know they might have to enter the market for a left-back but an immediate decision regarding the 22-year-old is highly unlikely.

Miguel Gutierrez is wanted by Manchester City. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

In any way, even if Girona and Man City strike a deal over the left-back, the team from the Spanish capital will have to be notified. Right now, the Los Blancos hold little to no interest in his acquisition despite the fact that they can sign him for a mere €8 million transfer fee.

Real Madrid want Alphonso Davies

While it’s known that Real Madrid want a left-back, their aim is to sign Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies, someone who is not willing to sign an extension with the Bavarians. 

As of today, neither Ferland Mendy nor Fran Garcia have done enough to warrant a place in the team, forcing Madrid to look for someone who can rightly fit into the scheme of an offensive full-back.

Furthermore, as reported before, Real Madrid are extremely attentive to the Canadian’s situation and while they do not want to rush, they have made their interest known, which happens to be one of the reasons why his negotiation with Bayern has stalled.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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