Real Madrid are the undisputed favourite to get their hands on Kylian Mbappe this summer. But their pursuit of Erling Haaland has been met with several roadblocks and it appears the Borussia Dortmund starlet could be on his way to Manchester City in the summer.
It has prompted Real Madrid to consider other alternatives in the market. According to Diario AS, one of the potential options could be Raul de Tomas of Espanyol.
A product of the La Fabbrica youth academy, Raul de Tomas had worked his way up within the Real Madrid ranks before leaving the club in 2019, in favour of a move to SL Benfica.
But he could be on the verge of rejoining his boyhood club this summer, with Los Blancos reportedly targeting him as a potential back-up to their attacking trifecta of Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe.
It appears Carlo Ancelotti is looking for a reliable centre-forward to complement these three world-class attackers. The existing options in Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovic are not favoured by the Italian and both could end up leaving the club at the end of the season.
That is where Raul de Tomas comes into the fray. A homegrown player who knows the club well, the 27-year-old offers an abundance of experience at the highest level of football.
In addition to his experience and familiarity with the Real Madrid setup, the Spaniard has been hugely successful in La Liga since joining Espanyol in early 2020.
In just over two years, he has racked up 43 goals in 85 competitive appearances, 15 of which have come in the ongoing campaign.
The 27-year-old’s performances have been critical in helping Espanyol remain out of the relegation scrap, but one would expect him to join a bigger club in the summer, especially Real Madrid currently on the hunt.
The report suggests de Tomas has a release clause embedded in his contract worth around €70 million. But Espanyol could be willing to offload him for a fee in the region of the €30-40 million mark, though. it won’t be surprising to see Real Madrid negotiate a lower price.
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.