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Real Madrid among the clubs interested in Croatian international



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Josko Gvardiol has become one of the most sought-after defenders in Europe, especially since his move to RB Leipzig. He was even a top performer for Croatia during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, helping the 2018 runners-up attain a third-place finish in the competition.

Gvardiol impressed the onlookers with his disciplined performances at the back, along with his versatility. The defender, after all, can operate at left-back and is known for his technical prowess.

The 20-year-old’s performances have not gone unnoticed, with multiple European clubs eyeing a move for the RB Leipzig starlet.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra) has offered an update on the future of Gvardiol. He suggests that there have already been contacts with clubs from Spain for the services of the Croatian international.

This comes as a rather curious as Real Madrid are believed to be one of the clubs involved in the race to sign Gvardiol. The youngster has been targeted as part of the club’s plan to reinforce the defensive unit, especially in the midst of uncertainty around the future of Nacho Fernandez.

Not to mention, Los Blancos are without a proper alternative at left-back for Ferland Mendy, who himself has become a subject of interest for other clubs and may leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

To that end, Gvardiol can be an excellent option as the Croatian prodigy can operate as a centre-back as well as a left-back. And at just 20, he could become an ideal long-term asset for the Spanish giants, as they look to build a solid base in the defensive department.

Luring Gvardiol away from Leipzig, though, will be a costly affair considering the youngster had joined the Bundesliga giants only in the summer of 2021.

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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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