Real Madrid are set to lock horns with local rivals Atletico Madrid in less than 24 hours. The match-day will be critical for the club’s league aspirations, especially considering that Diego Simeone’s men are the only team to have beaten them this season.
Ahead of the game, however, Carlo Ancelotti faces a relative crisis in defence. David Alaba and Eder Militao’s ACL injuries leave him with few options at the back, and AS report that they may have lost yet another defender ahead of kickoff.
The new injury
As revealed by the Spanish outlet, Fran Garcia has become the latest Real Madrid player to sit on the sidelines. He suffered a blow to his ankle towards the end of training yesterday and is now a doubt for the derby.
The left-back’s ankle showed considerable swelling after the injury and had to be bandaged by the medical staff.
There will be a test today to evaluate the extent of the injury. before a decision on his availability is made.
Ancelotti stares at a deep problem in defence ahead of kickoff, especially considering that Antonio Rudiger is also a doubt for the clash. The German’s availability will be decided based on his sensations ahead of kickoff.
If Rudiger is unavailable, Ancelotti is likely to deploy Ferland Mendy at centre-back alongside Nacho Fernandez, leaving him with a shortage of resources at left-back.
Eduardo Camavinga, in such a scenario, would have to start out of position at left-back.
Needless to say, Garcia’s injury compounds the manager’s selection dilemma ahead of kickoff. With his recovery looking complicated, the manager will hope that Rudiger recovers in time to start the clash and permit Mendy to take over at full-back.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.