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Manchester City join Real Madrid in race for Chelsea defender



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Dani Carvajal is ageing like fine wine. The Real Madrid veteran may be 31 years of age, but his performances this season are right up there with the best in the business.

In 11 league starts this season, the Spaniard has scored twice and provided two assists for Real Madrid. Further, he averages 1.3 key passes and nine defensive actions per game.

Carvajal at his current level is single-handedly capable of covering the right-back position for Los Blancos this season.

Yet, the management understandably prioritises the future and have identified Chelsea’s Reece James as a well-placed replacement.

Not the lone party

According to reports from The Independent via GOAL, Manchester City are also interested in signing James.

The Premier League champions have seen him as the man to succeed Kyle Walker for a long time and hope to sign him in the coming transfer windows.

Needless to say, this comes as a big blow to Real Madrid’s plan of signing the star. With England’s biggest team in his pursuit, James could well opt to stay in his home country.

Nevertheless, the player has not yet given any indication of a desire to leave Chelsea yet. His contract with the Blues, in fact, runs until 2028.

Real Madrid’s monetary limit

Earlier this week, reports brought to light that Carlo Ancelotti had approved the English star’s signing as a long-term right-back option. His arrival, however, is far from simple.

James has a long-term deal with Chelsea and is currently valued at €65 million on the transfer market.

Real Madrid refuse to meet that figure and do not intend to pay over €40 million for his services.

The entry of Manchester City could well change Los Blancos’ position on the financial front. The final decision lies with the player and his entourage.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace



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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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