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Real Madrid defender open to leaving despite feeling ‘well’ at the club
Journalist Santi Aouna has affirmed that although Real Madrid left-back Ferland Mendy feels well at the club, he is open to leaving in the summer.
Mendy, 27, joined Real Madrid in June 2019 on a six-year contract for a fee potentially rising to €53 million with add-ons. Although he had a decent start to his new life, the Frenchman has slowly lost relevance, and his recent injury did no good for his career either.
At the moment, while Madrid have no particular complaints regarding his performance, they believe there could be a better option available in the market. So if that arrives, the team from the capital city will have to let him leave.
A week back, we reported that the full-back has attracted interest from Premier League sides, namely, Arsenal and Tottenham, but at the moment, there are no official offers on the table.
So as the rumours of Mendy’s exit gather pace, Aouna has confirmed that there is a waiting game going on at Madrid because up until now, there are no offers on the table.
“He is open to leaving Real Madrid. But he also feels well at the club, we must wait on this because there have been no offers and nothing is advanced with any clubs for the moment,” the journalist told Madrid Xtra.
It is rightly anticipated that if Mendy decides to continue, his playing time will hamper next season as the team will have a certain Fran Garcia to pick as well.
On the other hand, David Alaba is someone who can cover the left-back spot too, although the defender prefers to play centrally.
Above all, rumours are rife that Madrid are also exploring the option of signing Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies and if that happens, Mendy will certainly have no place in the team.
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Real Madrid eye €3.5 million-rated relegated Premier League striker to reinforce attack
Following a difficult season with troubles in La Liga and the Champions League preventing Real Madrid from retaining their crowns, Los Blancos move towards a transformative summer, full of innovations.
Real Madrid managed to clear plenty of unwanted figures at the club, with a huge relief on the wage bill. However, with an array of exits, the squad has contracted and thus replacements are being inquired.
Apart from the high-profile departure of Karim Benzema, fringe players have also bid their farewell.
Among those names is Mariano Diaz, who was Madrid’s backup striker prior to his withdrawal. Several names have been put on the table to fill his absence as the club largely aim to address their lack of depth.
According to Arancha Rodriguez (via RM4Arab), Leeds United striker Rodrigo Moreno is one of the names gaining consensus in the Madrid hierarchy. Moreover, Joselu has also been considered as a viable alternative.
The two favourites to replace Mariano have proven to be important figures for their clubs as both strikers maintain a starting role.
Playing for Espanyol, Joselu ended the La Liga campaign as the third top scorer, only behind Benzema and Lewandowski. Considering Espanyol’s relegation, such a feat looks even more impressive. The Spaniard secured 19 goals in all competitions.
On the other hand, Rodrigo Moreno recorded 16 goals last season across all competitions. Similar to Joselu’s case, the Spanish international also suffered relegation with Leeds, in spite of his good numbers.
With both players offering adequate output in struggling sides, Real Madrid’s interest is practical. Moreover, considering both Espanyol and Leeds were relegated, their asking price will undeniably lower, which enables the Merengues to sign one of the two targets at a more convenient rate.
It is claimed that Rodrigo has a release clause worth €3.5 million which Los Blancos would have to trigger to sign him from Leeds United.
It now remains to be seen whether Carlo Ancelotti & co. go after the former Valencia man or move for Joselu instead.