Carlo Ancelotti has laid his complete faith in the right-back position in Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez in the ongoing season. However, the plan is not sustainable in the long run given that both players are on the wrong side of 30.
The former continues to be the team’s best option on the right of defence but has had persistent fitness problems. Vazquez, on the other hand, is not even a natural defender.
Keeping the situation in mind, the Bernabeu administration have decided that the right-back position will be prioritised in the upcoming transfer window.
And according to reports from Sky Sports Germany’s Florian Plettenberg, Los Blancos have set their sights on Benjamin Pavard of Bayern Munich and see him as a feasible option.
The French International has seen a fall in stocks at Bayern Munich in recent times. He even lost his place on the French national team this past World Cup, despite being a prominent member of their triumph in 2018.
Pavard’s contract with the Bavarians keeps him at Allianz Arena until the summer of 2024, and the player does not intend to renew his deal in Germany. Thus, the doors are open for Real Madrid to sign him for a bargain fee in June.
Having the dynamic ability to play both in the central and right side of the defence, the former Stuttgart man would be the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone.
Real Madrid are not the only club eyeing his signature this summer, with arch-rivals Barcelona said to be heavily interested too. The Catalans, in fact, are said to be in a prime position to snap up his services come June, having made contact with the Frenchman already.
Interestingly, Ancelotti’s side are not only eyeing the Bayern right-back but also the German side’s left-back Alphonso Davies, albeit for the summer of 2024.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.