Earlier today, Barcelona president Joan Laporta gave a detailed interview to RAC1, during which he made some barbs at Real Madrid.
With Barcelona being mired in the Negreira scandal, Laporta accused Real Madrid of making the judge extend the investigation into the matter despite no proof found to support claims of any wrongdoing.
“Madrid is not behaving well, they are doing an exercise in cynicism that is not acceptable. Judge Joaquin Aguirre has extended the investigation process at the request of Real Madrid, as contemplated in the procedure,” said Laporta.
Real Madrid will not respond to Laporta
Despite being goaded by Laporta, Real Madrid have no intentions of issuing a formal response to the Barcelona president over his accusations and remarks, reports journalist Melchor Ruiz of COPE.
At the moment, Real Madrid are fully focused on sporting matters with the season at a crucial juncture.
Los Blancos are currently seated atop the La Liga table following their 2-0 win over Getafe and have two top-of-the-table clashes coming up against Atletico Madrid and Girona in the next few days.
As such, the Spanish capital club does not want any distractions and will not be dragged into an exchange with Laporta by acknowledging or responding to his comments.
During his interview, the Barcelona president also accused Real Madrid TV of putting pressure on referees through the videos posted by the club’s media channel, which was backed by their manager Xavi Hernandez as well.
With Carlo Ancelotti set to appear in front of the media tomorrow for his press conference ahead of the derby, it will be interesting to see what he has to say on the matter.
Real Madrid priority defensive target demanding €20 million in wages, club waiting to send first offer
Real Madrid top priority this summer window will be to nail down a move for Kylian Mbappe, who is set to leave PSG at the end of the season once his contract clocks up.
The Frenchman has been on their radar for the better part of the last decade at this point, but a move never went through for several reasons. This time, though, it is near completion, and seems to be the first one they will announce.
Once done, Madrid will look to negotiate with Bayern Munich as they are targeting a move for Alphonso Davies. The Canadian’s contract expires in the summer of 2025, and at this point, the Bavarians are quite pessimistic about his continuity.
In fact, a report earlier today from The Athletic claimed that Madrid have already reached a full verbal agreement with Davies. It was never going to be a problem for the Spanish giants, anyway, with the player keen to move.
However, it seems the reason why his contract extension stalled at Bayern and opened up this avenue has been released, with a report from BILD claiming that Davies demanded €20 million as his salary.
Bayern, with a very strict wage cap, were never happy to pay this much money, with even Harry Kane earning just over €20 million.
Madrid, on the other hand, seem to be happy to comply with Davies’ demands. Toni Kroos is their top-earner right now, reportedly, pocketing nearly €22 million in gross wages, with David Alaba, Luka Modric, and Vinicius Jr all on pretty much the €20 million mark.
Right now, Madrid are waiting on a green light from Bayern so they can send their first official bid for the player, which is expected to be in the region of €30-40 million.
They are not ready to pay anything more than €50 million for his services, especially with only one year remaining on his contract.