With their squad already playing at a very high level, Real Madrid will head into the summer transfer window with clear intentions. With the midfield largely sorted, that is not area of priority for the club.
They have, however, identified two players as their prime candidates in other positions. Kylian Mbappe for attack, and Alphonso Davies for the left-back role.
The former has been on Madrid’s radar for half-a-decade at this point, but could finally complete his dream move this summer as he finishes his contract with PSG.
As far as Davies is concerned, the Bayern Munich speedster finishes his contract in 2025, but could be lured into a move to La Liga this summer itself.
The Bavarians are hoping to extend his contract, but know that the Canadian will find an offer from the 14-time Champions League winner tempting.
Madrid happy with Vazquez, Carvajal
If and when Madrid complete the signing of these two players, they will look to reinforce the right-back position. According to Jorge C Picon, though, it is not an area of particular concern, with the club happy with Daniel Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez’s performances.
They are also willing to offer the latter an extension until 2025 in light of his recent performances amidst the injury crisis in defence.
Vazquez is also considered an ideal professional and at 32, one of the senior members of the dressing room.
Yan Couto among targets
That said, Madrid have drawn up a list of potential candidates, among which is Girona right-back Yan Couto. The Brazilian is enjoying a stellar season in La Liga with a goal and six assists and reportedly dreams of playing for the Spanish giants.
And while Couto is a major candidate for the role, Madrid have not made any moves for him yet.
He is on loan at Girona and currently contracted to Manchester City, though, where his contract expires in the summer of 2025. The Catalans are interested in bringing him in permanently, though, after which the player could potentially look for a bigger move.
Real Madrid target yet to decide on future amid verbal agreement claims – report
Real Madrid are taking significant strides towards their targets for the summer. Kylian Mbappe finally appears close to sealing a move to Spain after years of running a soap opera and reports earlier today indicated a breakthrough towards one of the club’s other targets – Alphonso Davies.
As revealed earlier today, the Merengues have reached a verbal agreement with the Bayern Munich star over a move in the summer.
The player has been stalling talks of a renewal with hopes of a transfer for several months now, and the update earlier today brought the impression that the deal is sealed in stone.
Far from completed
According to a breaking update from Maximilian Koch, however, Davies is yet to take a decision on his future amid the claims of a verbal agreement with Real Madrid.
The fact remains that it no concrete decision or action has been taken yet. He has not yet made a final decision over his future, and a renewal with Bayern Munich cannot be ruled out.
The factor inhibiting Davies from reaching an agreement with the Bavarians, however, is an economic difference between the player’s demands and the club’s offer.
However, it is not clear as to what will transpire if Bayern concede to Davies’ demands.
As it stands, the momentum lies towards a move to Spain. His departure has been a constant topic in the dressing room for a long time now, and it would not come as a surprise if he left regardless.
While Los Blancos are indeed desperate to sign the young and dynamic left-back, they do not wish to ruin relations with Bayern Munich over the transfer. The objective, thus, is to make an attempt at the Germans’ front door and reach a mutual agreement.
Bayern Munich demand €50 million for their star defender, but Los Blancos are willing to offer just €35 million as a starting point. Nevertheless, the difference between the two parties is not glaring and can well be sealed with a few rounds of discussion.
After all, he has just one season left on his deal and is reluctant to renew, at least as it stands.