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Real Madrid full-back could be headed for the exit doors next summer – report
Real Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy summer at the end of the season as several of their players are facing an uncertain future at the club.
Starting from the contract uncertainty of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, to the pressure of selling Eden Hazard, there might be a significant overhaul in the squad in the summer.
According to MARCA, there is one more player who is in contention to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season, due to his contract not being taken care of.
The player in question is Ferland Mendy. The Frenchman had been a part of the Real Madrid setup since 2019 when he joined the club in a €48 million move from Lyon. The defender has since become a crucial outlet in the left-back position, having featured in 122 competitive matches for the club.
However, the report suggests Mendy could leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season as the player is yet to renew his contract which expires in 2025.
There had been negotiations in the past over an extension, but the Frenchman’s wage demands put an end to those talks. And since then, there has been no fresh contact about a renewal for the full-back.
Since joining from Lyon, Mendy has had a topsy-turvy time at Real Madrid. The left-back has performed well on occasions, showcasing excellent technical qualities and speed. However, he has been criticised for his lack of consistency and intent to get forward.
On top of that, Real Madrid have been gunning for a new left-back for quite some time now. Former youth prospects like Miguel Gutierrez and Fran Garcia have been linked quite heavily, while there is believed to an interest in Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich as well.
The Whites have been eyeing a move for Croatian international Josko Gvardiol, who may even join the Real Madrid setup in the summer.
Mendy’s exit, therefore, could pave the way for Los Blancos to fund a move for Gvardiol, though given the club’s lack of depth in the position, they may even opt to sign another option in the summer transfer window.
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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report
Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.
According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.
The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.
The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.
There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.
Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.
Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.
Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.