Ever since Real Madrid’s comeback win against Almeria last month, Barcelona have been constantly accusing the Merengues of influencing referee decisions by putting pressure on them through the videos posted by the club’s official media channel RMTV.
Barça president Joan Laporta went as far as claiming that La Liga had become ‘adulterated’ due to this while the Catalan club’s manager, Xavi Hernandez, regularly mentions the topic in each of his press conferences.
Real Madrid not happy
Now, a report from Tomas Roncero of AS is claiming that Real Madrid are unhappy with the situation as they believe that both Xavi and Laporta are getting away with their statements and at the same time are putting pressure on the referees.
A source within the club told the aforementioned outlet: “Xavi and Laporta have got away with it. Their accusations have been extremely serious, talking about an adulterated league with total levity, knowing that they will not receive any sanction or public reproach for it.”
On top of that, the source also revealed that Real Madrid believe Xavi and Laporta’s statements are having an effect on referees, with Los Blancos being denied five penalties in the last two matches against Getafe and Atletico Madrid.
“They let it go, create added pressure on the referees who whistle for us and the results have been seen in just four days. Two penalties against Vinicius and Brahim in Getafe not given and another three in the derby. Five penalties not given just after saying that La Liga is adulterated in our favour….”
It has previously been suggested that those within Real Madrid believe that Xavi is using this tactic to cover his own failings at Barcelona in the current season.
Even though Real Madrid have not issued a direct response to either Xavi or Laporta, RMTV took a fresh dig at the Barça boss last night after the 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid. And as things stand, it appears that the war of words is likely to continue.
Real Madrid priority defensive target demanding €20 million in wages, club waiting to send first offer
Real Madrid top priority this summer window will be to nail down a move for Kylian Mbappe, who is set to leave PSG at the end of the season once his contract clocks up.
The Frenchman has been on their radar for the better part of the last decade at this point, but a move never went through for several reasons. This time, though, it is near completion, and seems to be the first one they will announce.
Once done, Madrid will look to negotiate with Bayern Munich as they are targeting a move for Alphonso Davies. The Canadian’s contract expires in the summer of 2025, and at this point, the Bavarians are quite pessimistic about his continuity.
In fact, a report earlier today from The Athletic claimed that Madrid have already reached a full verbal agreement with Davies. It was never going to be a problem for the Spanish giants, anyway, with the player keen to move.
However, it seems the reason why his contract extension stalled at Bayern and opened up this avenue has been released, with a report from BILD claiming that Davies demanded €20 million as his salary.
Bayern, with a very strict wage cap, were never happy to pay this much money, with even Harry Kane earning just over €20 million.
Madrid, on the other hand, seem to be happy to comply with Davies’ demands. Toni Kroos is their top-earner right now, reportedly, pocketing nearly €22 million in gross wages, with David Alaba, Luka Modric, and Vinicius Jr all on pretty much the €20 million mark.
Right now, Madrid are waiting on a green light from Bayern so they can send their first official bid for the player, which is expected to be in the region of €30-40 million.
They are not ready to pay anything more than €50 million for his services, especially with only one year remaining on his contract.