Real Madrid might not make too many moves in the transfer market in the upcoming January window, but they are likely to be one of the busiest teams next summer.
The club need to address several points in the squad, including a new forward. Kylian Mbappe, for one, is set to be a top name on the agenda, but there are other positions that need reinforcing as well.
One of the weak spots is the left-back position and that is where Alphonso Davies comes into the fray. Real Madrid have been linked with a move for the Bayern superstar for a while now and the player is one of the club’s top targets for the summer.
Real Madrid in ‘advanced’ stage of Davies deal
According to Manu Amor, Real Madrid consider the Alphonso Davies deal very advanced for 2024, as they look to lure the Bayern Munich star to Santiago Bernabeu.
The Spanish giants are extremely confident of signing the Canadian international, who has been identified as the ideal upgrade to Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia.
Mendy, in particular, is facing an uncertain future at the Bernabeu, though Real Madrid coaching staff consider him some sort of life insurance in defence.
Nevertheless, Davies, thanks to his age profile and technical ability, has become the top target for Los Blancos, as they look to add more speed on the flanks.
Bayern Munich reluctant
Despite Real Madrid’s strong interest in Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich have shown no indication of offloading their star player.
In fact, Thomas Tuchel recently denied speculation over Davies’ future. As far as Tuchel is concerned, Davies is a Bayern Munich player until the end of his contract.
Davies’ current deal at Allianz Arena expires in 2025. Contract talks between the two parties have not advanced much, with the 23-year-old understood to have knocked back tempting offers from the Bavarian giants.
All this has given Real Madrid a major confidence boost in their pursuit of Davies and they believe that the Canadian international’s signing could very well be in the bag come 2024.
Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report
Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.
The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.
Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.
This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.
Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia
Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.
With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.
This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.
Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.
What are Ancelotti’s other options?
Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.
The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.
Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.
Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.