Ferland Mendy’s injury-riddled run and poor form all campaign has the Real Madrid administration put on their thinking caps. After all, it is ludicrous that a club of such high repute and stature has no direct replacements for the left-back situation.
Over the years, Los Blancos have always enjoyed strong representation down the left flank. From the lord and master of the left-back position in Roberto Carlos to a fitting successor and heir in Marcelo, history is a testament that the men in white have always been a dominant force down the wing.
Vinicius Jr may be single-handedly wrecking defences down the left, but a quality full-back would not only potentiate the team’s attack but also improve the Brazilian’s output.
According to reports from Kerry Hau of Sport1, Real Madrid chief scout Juni Calafat has Alphonso Davies on his list. However, Bayern Munich are firm on their stance that the Canadian international is not for sale and see him as one for the years to come.
The 22-year-old is contracted with the Germans until the summer of 2025. Only two years remain on his deal and no renewal has been talked of yet.
Davies’ transfer will indeed be a tricky affair for the Merengues to navigate, especially given his contractual situation and market value. At the same time, he is one of the world’s finest left-backs and would slot into Real Madrid’s starting XI for years to come.
In 26 Bundesliga appearances so far this season, Davies has scored one goal and provided four assists. Further, he averages 1.7 key passes per game and has created two big chances. He has also overseen six clean sheets in the league and averages over six defensive actions per game.
Real Madrid will be roping in former prospect Fran Garcia this summer to reinforce the left-back slot. But with Mendy’s future uncertain and David Alaba and Eduardo Camavinga reluctant to play in the position, another left-sided full-back would be a welcome addition.
Davies, to that end, can be a tremendous signing for the Merengues. But with Bayern firm on their stance of him not being for sale, it remains to be seen whether Real Madrid can swoop him away from the Allianz Arena.
Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender
With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.
A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.
While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.
Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez
Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.
The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.
As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.
So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.
Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.
Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.