Real Madrid are forecasting a major overhaul in the summer of 2023, with a host of players having their contracts expire at the end of the season. There are also players such as Ferland Mendy, who is facing an uncertain future at the club.
A recent report from Foot Mercato has offered an update on the future of the left-back, who has been a part of the Real Madrid setup since 2019.
The report suggests Mendy has become a subject of interest for various clubs across Europe. Manchester City are among the clubs keeping close track of the defender’s progress at the Santiago Bernabeu, along with Paris Saint-Germain.
Foot Mercato further claims that even Newcastle United have been alerted to Mendy’s situation. The Magpies, in fact, have made a big offer for the former Lyon starlet and have been monitoring him for a while.
Since joining the club in 2019, Mendy has featured in 122 competitive matches. During his time at the Bernabeu, the Frenchman has faced criticism for his lack of consistency, but he is a player who is rated highly by the club.
This is because Mendy has improved significantly since moving to Real Madrid. He has shown enough maturity, and his ability is appreciated by coach Carlo Ancelotti.
With that in mind, Real Madrid have no intention to part ways with Mendy anytime soon, despite the fact that a host of European giants are already exploring a move for the Frenchman in the upcoming January transfer window.
But there have been reports that some officials within the club are doubtful about his attacking abilities. At the same time, Mendy’s salary demands had led to contract talks coming to a halt and there has been no movement on that front as of yet.
And it must be noted that Real Madrid are after left-backs like Fran Garcia and Alphonso Davies, while they are also chasing Josko Gvardiol who is capable of playing as a left-back.
So while Los Blancos might be reluctant to let Mendy leave in January, an exit in the summer could be a possibility, with the defender attracting plenty of interest.
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Real Madrid are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to assemble an even stronger squad for the upcoming campaign.
Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies are the club’s top targets in that regard, for the two new signings will be regular starters and bonafide difference makers on the field for Los Blancos.
The latter, in particular, arrives to reinforce a position where none of Carlo Ancelotti’s current options are convincing. Fran Garcia and Ferland Mendy have both had their hiccups at the left-back position for Real Madrid, leaving the position open for Davies to take over.
A potential departure
As revealed by MARCA, Davies’ arrival next season will jeopardise Garcia’s importance in the team for the Canadian will be the manager’s first choice by a mile.
Moreover, Ancelotti is said to be in favour of renewing Mendy, implying that Garcia will practically be his third choice.
Come summer, Garcia could thus be sold if the club receive an offer that they can make money off. Considering that they shelled out €5 million last summer for his incorporation, any offer north of that mark could do the job.
In 18 appearances and 11 starts in La Liga this season, the 24-year-old has provided four assists for Los Blancos. Interestingly, he has started just one of Real Madrid’s last six games across all competitions.
As revealed earlier this week, Real Madrid have reached a verbal agreement with Alphonso Davies. An agreement with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee could be a difficult proposition, however.
As such, it is unclear if Los Blancos will make the move for Davies this summer at a subsidised fee or wait until next year when the player will be a free agent.
Garcia’s future, needless to say, depends on their plan of action on the Davies front.