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Real Madrid defender on Bayern Munich radar as option of a swap deal arises

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Real Madrid have just two major priorities during the upcoming summer transfer window, and one of them includes completing the signing of Kylian Mbappe, who is set to leave PSG on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Apart from him, Madrid also want to sign Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich, who is not ready to extend his contract beyond 2025 without a huge salary increment.

Madrid have already agreed personal terms with the Canadian, and seem ready to pay over €20 million annually to him. However, seeing eye-to-eye with Bayern will be much more difficult.

It does seem like Madrid may have a way in through a potential swap deal, though.

Bayern eyeing Mendy

According to a report published by L’Equipe, Bayern Munich are keeping tabs on Real Madrid’s Ferland Mendy. They are interested in signing him if Davies leaves this summer, giving rise to a potential swap deal.

Both Davies and Mendy will be in the last year of their contracts by the time the summer transfer window kicks off, which will certainly panic both teams to an extent.

Davies on the move. (Photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images)

However, while Davies seems ready to leave Bavaria in search of a new adventure, Mendy seems set in the Spanish capital for the time being.

He also has the backing of Carlo Ancelotti, who called him the ‘best left-back in the world’, even though the club seem ready to offload him due to his constant injury problems.

Manchester United, Newcastle also interested

Bayern are not the only top team interested in signing Mendy this summer, with reports suggesting that Manchester United and Newcastle United are also keeping tabs on the player and could look to sign him this summer on a discounted price.

While Mendy seems open to the idea of playing for Man United, Newcastle does not appeal him all that much, and could be ruled out as an option.

Manchester City, Liverpool, and Arsenal have also inquired about the player, but do not hold as concrete of an interest as Bayern, United, and Newcastle.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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