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Real Madrid face Barcelona competition in race for Bundesliga youngster – report

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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 target will continue in the Bundesliga for next season, confirms club CEO

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Florian Wirtz has enjoyed a spectacular 2023/24 season and he has played an integral role in Bayer Leverkusen being crowned the Bundesliga champions this past weekend.

The 20-year-old has plundered 17 goals and 18 assists from 41 matches in all competitions, emerging as one of the best young players in Europe, with his game reaching a new level under Xabi Alonso.

Naturally, Real Madrid have taken note of Wirtz and his development and have set their sights on him as a target for the future.

Real Madrid are not the only club interested in the German international, though, with other clubs like Manchester City and Liverpool also keen.

Wirtz to continue at Bayer Leverkusen for now

Any move for Wirtz though will not be taking place in the summer this year, though, with Bayer Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro confirming as much in a recent interview.

“Florian Wirtz will stay with us next season. The plan is clear, together with his father,” Carro said in an interview with AS, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

Florian Wirtz is a man in demand. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

“There’s interest from many clubs, we can’t plan too long in football… but he’s staying,” he added.

Works in Real Madrid’s favour

Wirtz staying at Bayer Leverkusen for another season would work well into Real Madrid’s transfer plans.

After all, the Merengues have other priorities like Kylian Mbappe, Alphonso Davies, and Leny Yoro for the upcoming summer.

Wirtz is on the Spanish capital club’s agenda, but for the future, and him staying in the Bundesliga at least for another year gives Los Blancos a chance to go after him in 2025.

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