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Real Madrid eye Bundesliga sensation as ideal long-term Toni Kroos replacement



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The news of Toni Kroos’ retirement from professional football has struck Real Madrid like a rod of lightning.

There is much disappointment and grief in the Real Madrid dressing room after the midfielder decided to hang up his career this summer, meaning the upcoming Champions League final will be his last game as a Real Madrid player.

With Kroos retiring after Euro 2024, Real Madrid management now has the daunting task of finding a replacement.

Florian Wirtz emerges as a replacement

According to SportBILD, though, it appears Real Madrid have identified the ideal long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, in the form of Florian Wirtz.

The report suggests that Los Blancos see the Bayer Leverkusen starlet as someone who can replace Kroos in the years to come.

Can Wirtz replace Kroos at Real Madrid? (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid are closely monitoring the situation of the German international, who has emerged as one of the best young players in world football.

Real Madrid to target Leverkusen duo in 2025?

Despite the club’s interest in Wirtz, Real Madrid are unlikely to find themselves in a position to go after the young attacker in the coming summer.

The Spanish champions are already occupied with the acquisition of Kylian Mbappe, which should take a heavy toll on the club’s finances.

A more realistic avenue for Real Madrid, therefore, will be to approach Wirtz in 2025. Curiously, Los Blancos are eyeing a move for Xabi Alonso around the same time.

The Spanish tactician has been identified as a potential replacement for Ancelotti. Having played a crucial role behind Wirtz’s rapid rise to prominence, one would expect Alonso to play a key role in convincing the German to join follow him in Madrid come 2025.

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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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