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Real Madrid face Barcelona competition in race for Bundesliga youngster – report
According to a report from SPORT, Real Madrid have set their sights on a new left-back in the form of Alphonso Davies but will face competition from Barcelona in the race to sign the 21-year-old.
The reigning European champions have been closely monitoring the progress of the Bayern Munich superstar, who is regarded as one of the best left-backs in Europe. His consistent performances in the Bundesliga have raised many eyebrows, with Real Madrid and Barcelona being no exception.
The report suggests Los Blancos rate Davies highly due to his potential and ability to perform at the highest level of football. The full-back has already featured in 127 competitive matches for Bayern at the age of just 21, twelve of which have come in the new season.
Davies’ speed, coupled with his attacking prowess on the flanks has made him a real weapon for Julian Nagelsmann’s team. And it appears Real Madrid are no bystander, as they look to weigh up a move for the Canadian international.
Ever since the decline and the subsequent departure of Marcelo, Real Madrid have lacked a proper alternative for Ferland Mendy at left-back, considering that David Alaba is seen as a centre-back by the manager.
And with Nacho’s contract expiring at the end of the season and talks over a renewal stalling, a new left-back could be a welcome addition.
The Whites are thus looking to sign Davies in the near future. At 21, the Bayern Munich superstar can prove to be an upgrade over Mendy and can become a long-term asset for the club. Not to mention, his ability to operate in a wider attacking role could come in handy as well, especially when it comes to team rotations.
The club understand that funding a move for Davies in the short term will be next to impossible. The young defender has a contract at Bayern until 2025, and given his age, could command a steep price.
It is also worth noting that the Whites are set to face stiff competition from arch-rivals Barcelona, who could be looking to secure the services of the Bayern Munich superstar as a direct replacement for Jordi Alba, who could be sold in the near future.
So, an intriguing battle could be brewing between Real Madrid and Barça, although luring Davies away from Bayern will not be straightforward at all.
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Real Madrid forward sends clear message over future amidst Barcelona links
Marco Asensio is fighting for his future at Real Madrid. The 27-year-old winger is out of contract at the end of the season and there is no concrete decision made by the club over his renewal as of yet.
Some reports had suggested that the club had tabled an offer worth €4 million per year, which the Spaniard did not like as he sought a higher pay packet closer to around €6 million-a-year.
With his future a subject of intense speculation, Asensio had been linked with a move away to Premier League clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool.
Meanwhile, closer to home, there were strong links to Real Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona. Indeed, the Catalans have been touted as potential suitors for Asensio for quite some time now due to the fact that he is represented by Jorge Mendes.
The superagent has close ties with Barcelona president Joan Laporta and reports in Spain have suggested that the Real Madrid winger has, indeed, been offered to the current La Liga leaders.
Amidst these speculations, however, Asensio has seemingly made it clear as to where his heart lies as he awaits a decision on his future.
During last night’s El Clasico against Barcelona, the Real Madrid winger came on as a substitute and went on to score a goal, following which he celebrated at Camp Nou, pointing to the Real Madrid logo on his shirt, showing where his allegiances lie.
The goal, however, was disallowed by the VAR, and Los Blancos ended up losing the game 2-1 thanks to a stoppage-time winner by Franck Kessie.
Earlier today, Asensio took to Instagram and posted a picture of him celebrating with his finger pointing to the Real Madrid logo, reiterating his commitment to the club amidst the links to Barcelona.
As for his disallowed goal, it sparked an angry reaction from Carlo Ancelotti, who questioned the legitimacy of the decision made by the VAR during his post-match press conference.