Real Madrid are set to go head-to-head against Atletico Madrid once again tomorrow, this time in the league for gameweek 23. The capital outfits have already faced each other thrice this season, with Madrid losing two of those encounters.
Carlo Ancelotti has the privilege of Antonio Rudiger being given the medical green light for this game after the German was substituted off at half-time against Getafe due to injury. He is expected to start tomorrow, partnering Nacho.
His presence is also extremely important because Aurelien Tchouameni picked up his fifth yellow card of the season and will not be available for selection against Atletico. Madrid tried appealing the booking, but it was understandably rejected.
David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois are still making their way back into the team after picking up ACL injuries this season. Militao and Courtois are expected to participate in a few games towards the end, but Alaba’s season is definitely over.
Both Andriy Lunin and Kepa are a part of the list, but the former is expected to start, with Ancelotti finally looking convinced with his decision.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.