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Real Madrid duo emerge as January targets for Premier League club – report

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With the January transfer window on the horizon, Real Madrid duo Mariano Diaz and Nacho Fernandez have emerged as targets for Premier League club Wolves, reports SPORT.

The English club recently appointed former Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui as their manager and the Spaniard has quickly gotten to work as he looks to restructure his squad and salvage Wolves’ drowning campaign.

To that end, he has identified the centre-forward position as an area that needs to be strengthened. It has led to links with Mariano Diaz, who is no longer in favour at Real Madrid.

The 29-year-old has played just 25 minutes of football across all competitions under Carlo Ancelotti this term even though Karim Benzema has been missing out due to injuries.

With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Real Madrid could be open to the possibility of selling him in the winter and make some cash from his transfer.

Lopetegui was in charge at Real Madrid when they had re-signed Mariano from Lyon in 2018. He was also linked with a move to Sevilla when the Spaniard was in charge at the Andalusian outfit. Now, a reunion could materialise at Wolves.

Apart from Mariano, Lopetegui and Wolves also have their sights set on Nacho. Like the striker, the veteran defender is also in the final year of his contract and talks over a renewal have stalled as he is not entirely pleased with his game-time situation.

The 32-year-old has started just four matches in all competitions this term and finds himself behind Eder Militao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger in the pecking order. And Lopetegui would be open to offering Nacho an escape route in the winter.

Ancelotti has previously insisted that he does not plan on making any changes to the squad, but the club would let go of any player if they sought an exit. Whether Mariano or Nacho decide to move on and reunite with Lopetegui at Wolves will be interesting to see.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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