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Manchester City target responds to Real Madrid transfer links: “There will always be talk”

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Speaking in a recent interview, RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol has opened up on the rumours linking him with a summer move to Real Madrid.

Gvardiol’s stock went through the roof after his brilliant performances for the Croatian national team at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

The 21-year-old had already been on the radars of top clubs before that, but his displays at the quadrennial tournament led to those teams firming up their interest in him.

One of Gvardiol’s strongest admirers are understood to be Real Madrid. Reports have suggested that club officials met with the defender’s entourage in December last year to hold talks about a potential move, although they believe that he might be out of their reach.

That is because several Premier League clubs, most prominently Manchester City, are also interested in Gvardiol, and the Merengues, who are already investing heavily to sign Jude Bellingham, might be unable to compete financially with the English champions.

However, the links with Gvardiol refuse to go away and the Croatian international was asked about the rumours of interest from the outgoing European champions, to which he said (h/t Fabrizio Romano):

“There is no need to spend words on such a big club. There will always be talk, but I’m under contract with Leipzig until 2027. We’ll see.”

As Gvardiol states, his contract with RB Leipzig runs until 2027, although there is understood to be a release clause worth €110 million, it will only become active in 2024.

So, if Real Madrid were indeed planning to go after the Croatian rising star, they would need to shell out a large sum of money, which seems unlikely as the Merengues have other positions as priorities at the moment.

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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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