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.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.