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Real Madrid eyeing €40m German defender, player would be open to ‘dream’ move

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While Real Madrid have a top-quality squad at their hands, one position that has always sparked debate is the left-back slot. Ferland Mendy has been at the club for four years and has become a permanent fixture in the side.

The French ace enjoys the faith of manager Carlo Ancelotti, but some officials within the club do not seem to rate him as highly as the manager. Indeed, recent reports suggested that Los Blancos were undecided to renew Mendy or sell him in the summer.

Amidst the speculation over Mendy’s situation, numerous left-backs have been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu. Former defenders like Fran Garcia and Miguel Gutierrez are on Real Madrid’s radars while Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies is also being monitored.

Now, according to Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid have set their sights on RB Leipzig and Germany left-back David Raum as a possible transfer target.

The 24-year-old left-back made his name at TSG Hoffenheim, whom he joined from boyhood club Greuther Furth in 2021. And a year later, he was signed by RB Leipzig this past summer, in a deal worth €26 million.

Raum has made 22 appearances for the Bundesliga club and has registered one assist. The left-back has also become the first-choice for the German national team under Hansi Flick and has collected 14 caps already, with two of those coming in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022.

Raum’s growth has seemingly captured the attention of Real Madrid. His contract with Leipzig runs until the summer of 2027 though and Los Blancos would have to shell out €40 million to sign the German international, as per the report.

What could work in the Merengues’ favour is that Raum recently admitted that it would be a dream for him to join the club if they ever came calling.

“It would be a dream, maybe. I’m not closing any doors. I’m very happy at Leipzig, but Madrid is a crazy club,” he had said.

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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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