According to journalist Jose Felix Diaz on MARCA, Real Madrid are closely monitoring the progress of Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies.
The 21-year-old joined the Bavarian giants from Vancouver Whitecaps in January 2019 and has quickly become one of the most exciting young left-backs in Europe, due to his searing pace, athleticism and attacking contributions.
Even though the Canadian international has had to deal with injury issues in his career, he remains very highly rated in the footballing community and Real Madrid, in particular, are keeping a close watch on the Bayern Munich speedster.
Real Madrid have several options for the left-back position currently in the form of Ferland Mendy, David Alaba as well as Nacho Fernandez, while manager Carlo Ancelotti has also hinted at the possibility of using Antonio Rudiger in the role if required.
But, it must be noted that Alaba is largely seen as a centre-back while Nacho’s contract is on the verge of expiry and renewal talks have stalled.
Meanwhile, talks over a contract extension with Mendy have also halted due to his excessive wage demands. It has opened up the possibility of signing a new left-back in the future if the Frenchman is sold by the Merengues.
And, as per the report, Davies is being tracked closely by the current Spanish and European champions. The 21-year-old is contracted with Bayern Munich until the summer of 2025, so luring him away from the Allianz Arena will not be straightforward.
For now, though, there is no indication that Real Madrid will try to sign him in the summer of next year. Jude Bellingham remains the top priority for Los Blancos for 2023, while they are also working to resolve the contract situations of veteran stars like Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
Davies, at this point, is being tracked. And it remains to be seen if a future move is on the cards.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo