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Real Madrid had a €25 million+ loan-to-buy offer for La Liga goalkeeper rejected

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In light of Courtois’ ACL injury, Real Madrid were compelled to immediately search for replacements on the market.

With the player at risk of missing out on the entire campaign, Real Madrid shortlisted a number of candidates for the goalkeeper position and are now closing in on signing Kepa Arrizabalaga on a loan deal from Chelsea.

However, a recent report by Hugo Ballester has revealed that Los Blancos initially had their sights set on Valencia’s goalkeeper, Giorgi Mamardashvili.

Valencia rejected Madrid’s proposal

As per the report, Real Madrid sent a formal offer of a €5 million loan fee plus a buy option worth more than €20 million to Valencia for Mamardashvili yesterday, which was rejected.

The operation, the total cost of which would have been in excess of €25 million, was rejected by Valencia’s owner, Peter Lim, who considered the deal unfeasible.

Mamardashvili was crucial to Valencia’s narrow 1-0 triumph over Real Madrid last season, which likely swayed the Merengues to turn their attention toward him.

Mamardashvili was on Real Madrid’s radar. (Photo by Flor Tan Jun/Getty Images)

Nonetheless, the offer from the Spanish capital club was shot down by Los Che, who did not see the proposal as good enough.

Mamardashvili was not the only keeper from Spain Madrid were interested in, as Real Madrid searched far and wide in La Liga, eyeing Bono as a potential replacement as well.

However, even though the Moroccan was Carlo Ancelotti’s first choice, Sevilla’s high demands for the player and his potential involvement in the 2024 AFCON deterred Los Blancos from pursuing him.

After missing out on the aforementioned choices, it appears that the man to guard Real Madrid’s goal this season will be Kepa as the Spanish international will be arriving on loan, with no obligation to buy.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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